CATFISHING ON THE OHIO RIVER BY DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI
CELEBRATING over 14 YEARS of providing excellent CATFISHING information for ROD BENDING ACTION in the Cincinnati area of the Ohio River. Blue cats, Flatheads and Channel cats are to be hooked right here in the Downtown Cincinnati river front. I am just an ole retired guy that likes to catfish, I am NOT a catfish guide, I do have a link to a GUIDE for this part of the river on this page if you are seeking a catfish guide trip. Catfishing baits, bank fishing spots, tips from a catfishing guide. Tips for saving money on YOUR catfishing tackle. Information on catfishing baits I have used to catch catfish. Where to go to Catch HUGE channel cats in Canada.
Since the commercial fishermen are monitoring catfishing web sites I will be editing my updates this season. I will only state the size of the fish and bait used. I will also be blocking out the back ground on any photos, for I do NOT want the C.F. to clean out that area!!
Here is a video of what the COMMERICAL FISHERMEN are doing to the Ohio River where I try to fish!!! So you can understand the rod & reel fishermen frustration knowing these big catfish will never be retunred to the river.
December 29 2015 I will be busy the next month on getting my reels cleaned up. New line put on each reel, and Re-painting the rod tips so I can spot a bite easier when I am bank fishing. I have some extra fishing items I hope to swap for things at a local flea market. I intend to spend more time fishing out of my boat if the Ohio River gets in shape sooner than in past years. I am planning on getting some beef melt as backup bait since I had so much trouble getting shad & skip jacks for bait last year. I am hopping 2016 will be a lot better than 2015 for CATCHING some catfish!
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Dec. 15th update: I picked up my brother at 08:40 and headed for the river. We got our lines in the water at the Serpentine Wall at Cincinnati around 09:10. It has so warm I was hoping to get some action, since I had e-mails of friends that had been catching fish. This morning however the weather turned very cool with an up river wind. 'e had 3 rods out with different baits, 2 dead line and one with a bobber. Same results as my past 2 months, no BITES! We gave up and called it a day at 11:00 and headed home. The only positive thing was, I did cast the SPAM without it coming off the hook. This was the latest in the year I have ever fished, now have to see what the Spring brings. Hopefully 2016 will be much better than this year.
12-01 I just got word the trip for this weekend has been cancelled, so I am done catfishing for this year! I will start looking over my rods and reels to get them ready for next year. I also hope to sell or trade off some of my surplus fishing gear at the local flea market over the Winter
11-3 09:50 Picked up my grandson to help with get my boat on the trailer. Launched the boat in the river at 10:50 and headed down river. We had our lines in the water at 11:15, no bites. 12:00 moved down about 500 yards. 12:05 my Grandson had a tap on cut Shad, step in the right direction anyway. 12:45 3rd spot was out of the heavy drift and marked fish. 13:30 had a Gar run, cleaned off the bait. 13:50 ready to move when my anchor would not come, up it was snagged on an old barge cable, had to cut the rope! Called it a day and head back to the ramp. I was really hoping to get a lot of action so my grandson would be really hooked on catfishing in the future. It was a lot of effort for NO reward for the both of us.
11-5 trip I got the boat in the river at 10:50 and went down river. I marked loads of fish so got my 4 rods in the water at 11:05. No bites so move down river about a ½ mile. The eddy current helped hold the boat, once again nothing. Pulled up my anchor and tried drift fishing with just 2 rods. Had cut skipjacks on for bait but it did not help.
14:00 I headed up river to try my favorite spot. The wind was picking up so had to put out the back anchor to hold the boat. Tried 3 dead lines, 1 suspended there, still nothing, not even a TAP!! At 14:30 packed it in and headed for the ramp. I am so frustrated 2 trips in 3 days, SKUNKED both times. I just can NOT understand why NO ACTION! Marked fish at ever place I stopped, some cases loads of catfish.
11-16 last tript in the boat for this year. same results ,marked fish but NO BITES. The boat will be stored away for the winter,plan on getting back to using it around March. That really depends on the wether and how hight the ohio river is at that time of the year.
11-3 09:50 Picked up my grandson to help with get my boat on the trailer. Launched the boat in the river at 10:50 and headed down river. We had our lines in the water at 11:15, no bites. 12:00 moved down about 500 yards. 12:05 my Grandson had a tap on cut Shad, step in the right direction anyway. 12:45 3rd spot was out of the heavy drift and marked fish. 13:30 had a Gar run, cleaned off the bait. 13:50 ready to move when my anchor would not come, up it was snagged on an old barge cable, had to cut the rope!
Called it a day and head back to the ramp. I was really hoping to get a lot of action so my grandson would be really hooked on catfishing in the future. It was a lot of effort for NO reward for the both of us.
On October 22nd. My brother and I went to his bank fishing spot. We got out lines in the water at 08:15. My brother had his 2nd tap by 09:20, so it was looking better than some of our other trips. We tried to catch some skipjacks for fresh bait but no luck. Finally at 09:50 I caught a 5 pound sheep head Perch. That fish hit a piece of thawed skipjack. He was hooked. I was able to get him back in the river before he went into shock and died. Then at 10:10 I hooked a small channel cat. It was only 18 inches and weighed 2 pounds. I had chicken liver as the bait for this fish. 10:20 had a tap on a piece of Shad, suspect it was Gar. That was it, no taps or anything; so call it a day about 11:45. At least there are a couple fish in the area, hopefully more catfish will show up next time we go there.
10-16 UPDATE: I picked up my brother at 07:45 and headed for his bank fishing spot. We had our lines in the river at 08:15, I had a tap at 08:45. AT 08:45 my brother caught at 36 inch Gar weighed 5 ¾ pounds. That fish hit the cut skipjack. My brother had another fish up close but got off; never saw the front of the fish suspect it was another Gar. He had another Gar run at 09:30. I got taps on chicken liver at 1020 and 10:30, suspected Gar or Stripers.
10:50 I caught a 28 inch 6 pound Channel cat, on a combination of chicken liver and a small Shad. I was very happy to know there is at least 1 catfish left in the area, since the gar were the only bites we had been getting. 11:30 we packed it in and head home. Hope the next time there we can get more action from the catfish.
Oct 10: UPDATE: I finally was able to get my youngest grandson out catfishing in my boat. My son was also with us to help me with the boat. We had to launch from a down river ramp due to Public landing being closed to boats. I took some time to get to our fist fishing spot, lines in the river at 10:20. My grandson noticed the bite first and hooked a fish. He boated a 20 inch 3 pound BLUECAT. That was his very fist catfish caught in the river. Needless to say he was thrilled. We marked fish at 3 more other spots and tried our luck. Only had 2 Gar runs the rest of the day. The breeze was blowing down river but still moved the boat around. Packed it in around 2:15 and headed home. It was a good day for all of us, and I am sure my grandson is eager for more times in the boat for years to come.
Oct 2-9th. UPDATES I was out 4 times last week. 2 from the bank and 2 in the boat. 1 blue cat 6.5 pounds and 1 gar , thats it! I see fish wit fish finder when in the boat but they just are not biting ! I have used skipjack,shad, the cat did hit chicken liver. I just do not understand with that many fish one or more should be hungry,very frustrating!
September 24 & 25th. Update: I got my boat in the river around 08:50. I went down river to deeper water, marked fished and anchored. My lines were in the water by 09:20. 09:40 I boated a decent channel cat. It was 23 ½ inches, 5 ¾ pounds. I felt like it was going to a great day of catching some cats for a change. There was a down river wind that was making the water choppy, water temp 75 degrees. I had 2 more hard taps but never ran with the skipjack bait. I did hook into a nice size fish. I had it half way to the boat but never to the surface. The knot came free from the hook, so I never saw the fish!! It felt bigger than the cat I caught at the start of the day.
I went down river again, lots of cats on the bottom. I tried that spot for about 40 minutes, nothing at all. 12:15 I then decided to head back up river for one more spot above the ramp.
Lines were in water at 12:45, I was set up exactly as I wanted. I had 3 rods in the river with 3 different baits. No taps or anything at all. Head home at 13:15, perfect day to be on the river. One decent fish for the effort anyway.
9-25 I picked up my brother and headed for his bank fishing spot. My lines were in the river at 08:15. I had 2 dead lines with skipjack as bait. 09:10 I had a gar run, had it for a few turns of the reel; the line went dead. The line was cut, so I had to tie on another hook. I never saw that fish either.
10:20 my brother had a hard bite, but the fish dropped the bait by the time he got to the rod. He had 1 other tap later. So we decided to call it a day and head home. I went over to wind my line in, that is when I felt a small fish at the end of the line! It was a 15 inch 10 oz. channel cat that liked cherry flavored chicken breast. I was not skunked after all! We did get our stuff and packed it in the car for home at 11:30.
Update9-18 &19: I got to the ramp at 09:10, later than normal due to traffic. River had a little current with slight down river breeze ideal weather. 09:20 marked fish so I anchored my boat and got my lines in the river. 09:20 I caught a small channel cat that hit a piece of cut skipjack. This one was 17 inches and 2.5 pounds.
09:45 I boated my 1st Blue cat of this year! It was also 17 inches, but was 2.25 pounds. It also liked the skipjack. 10:07 another Channel cat this one hit cut Shad. It measured out to be 18 inches, 2 3/4 pounds. 10:17 the big fish of the day was boated, 3 pounds 18 inches Channel cat. This one was caught with raw shrimp. All hit on 3 different dead line rigs.
11:00 moved up river to the 2nd spot, here I switched to 2 bobber rigs and 2 dead lines. I had hard Gar run on garlic seasoned chicken breast. Had a couple other gar bites but that was all for the day. 12:00 it was getting hot so headed for the ramp and home. Best trip of this year hope I can get more trips in before the COLD a shuts me down.
9-19 My brother & I headed for his bank fishing spot. We had our lines in the river at 08:40. I had a hard Gar run at 08:47 on cut skipjack, thought we might have a good day. My brother & I started cast for skipjacks to replenish our little supply of skipjacks. Between the both of us we must have cast at least 100 times. My brother did catch 2 small ones, I had 3 hits but not hook ups. A strong up river wind started making white caps and no action, so we called it a day at 11:30
9-8 UPDATE: I got my boat in the river at 07:45, water was 81 degrees. I headed down river to my 1st sport, lines in the water at 08:20. I had 4 rods in the river, 1 was a bobber rig. I had thawed cut shad, seasoned beef sips, and soft dough for bait. 2 taps: 1 on shad 1 on beef strip. 09:35 moved down to 2nd spot, 1 hard bite on dough bait knock it off the treble hook. 10:10 head up river to 3 rd spot,lots of fish, but not even a tap.
4th spot up river some more, got set up just the way I wanted at 11:00. 11:20 I boated a channel cat 20 inches and 4 pounds. I finally got a little reward for my efforts. Then at 11:45 a second channel cat was caught. This one was 23 inches and weighed 6 pound 2 oz. 12:05 had another fish on but it got off near the boat never did see it, but felt on the smaller side. All 3 fish hit the back up bait of garlic seasoned chicken breast. They all hit on the bobber rig as well. I did get some taps on the shad and smoked hot dogs, as well on the dead lines. Both cats were returned to the river to fight another day.
The wind was kicking up, blowing up river so I called it a day. I got home around 13:15 with some satisfaction of finally catching some catfish.
Aug 21st. Update! I picked up my bother and headed for some bank fishing on the Ohio River. We had our lines in the water at 08:45, river was in great shape. It was a perfect day sunny; and refreshing slight breeze. 09:35 my brother got a strong bite on one of his rods. Then a few minutes later he hooked a small Channel cat on cut skipjack. It was 16 inches and 1 ½ pounds. 09:50 his rod got hammered, this time it was a stripper, 3¼ pounds.
10:00 his rod got hit again, a gar hit it, we got it into the dip net before it opened it's he beak. When we got it out of the net, it was 40 inches long. It weighed 5 pounds. Now there is 1 less gar in the Ohio River! The other 2 fish were returned to the river. He had 2 more gar bites, one cut the line. I never even got a tap on either of my rods! Packed it in and headed home at noon time. Still not sure when I will get out in my boat for some catfish action.
July 21st update: It looks like the Ohio River may finally get down by the start of next week!! That means I will get my boat in the river to go after some catfish again. I will try to get so skipjacks and other baits before I go. I know everyone is hoping the rain storms are just about done!!
July 3rd update: The Ohio River has been messed up the past 3 weeks. It has been muddy, with high water and swift current. The forecast is for it to slowly get down to around 30 ft. by mid-week. I hope to get out in my boat by the end of the week for some catfishing action. I also will try to fish for some skipjacks when the river get down. To get bait for future trips.
I did go fishing with my grandson for bluegills at a couple different small lakes. Same results, he out fished me, last trip 22 to 7! Hopefully I will be able to take him out in the boat for some catfishing fun before he heads back to school.
June 15th. Update: I have been on 5 catfishing trips since last update, 3 in my boat and 2 bank fishing with my brother. I did catch my ONLY catfish so far, it was a small Channel cat of 17 inches and 2 pounds.
My boat trips have only produced a total of 3 bites! Fishing from the bank with my brother has even been worse. The last 2 trips I have had 1 tap, my brother 1 bite & 2 taps! We have use cut Skipjack & Shad, raw shrimp, seasoned beef & chicken for bait. Hopefully the action will get better around here soon. By the way I am also on FACEBOOK now!
Went fishing with my brother today, got our lines in the river at 11;00.There was an up river breeze with some white caps.
My brother caught his 1st. catfish of the year. It was a Channel cat 15 inches long. He also had 6 taps. I had only 1 tap, so not a great day of action! We fished from the bank, all the action was on cut Skipjack. Called it a day at 14:00, next trip we hope for some stronger bites and catching some bigger catfish.
APRIL 11th. I finally got my fishing license and some rubber bobber stops at the my local bait shop. I have been looking for rubber bobber stop for 20-30 test line for the past 2 years. Just shows that local bait stores know what fishermen need. The Ohio river is going up near 50 feet again, so no fishing again for about 2 more weeks. It starting to remind me of last Spring, when the river did NOT get settle down till late May.
MARCH 6th. With the new season means getting a new fishing license. I hope you all can get them at a MOM&POP bait shop. Those folks need our support to stay in business against the big national stores selling bait and supplies. With the long Winter here I am not sure when I will get my license. I had intended to get my boat from my brother’s garage by next week. Since the snow is still here I have to wait till the ground gets firm to set it in my back yard. Right now the Ohio is at flood stage so no real rush to get to the river.
Be sure to support you LOCAL BAIT SHOPS during these rought times as best you can. Once those folks close down there will NOT be anyone to provide that service to us.
2015 is here and I intend to get more time on the river catfishing in the boat this season. I wish everyone tight lines wherever you fish! Odds are it will March before the weather and river conditions are stable enough to fish around here.
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