The Ohio River is perfect for vertical jigging right now in mid-October! The temp is 66 degrees. The water clarity is gin clear. Fall season is best time of year. These perfect conditions offer premium vertical jig fishing.
Chad and Dad were pursuing Bass and Sauger this weekend. We fished below and above Meldahl Dam Saturday and Sunday. Below the Dam Saturday afternoon was all about Smallmouth Bass, Kentucky Spots, and Drum. Above the Dam Sunday morning was all about Largemouth Bass, White Bass, and Hybrid striper.
Saturday we fished the main River and in the current eddies. Smallmouth Bass were everywhere we fished. Sunday morning we primarily fished the mouth of tributaries. Largemouth Bass were congregated in the mouth of Creeks and beginning to stage into Fall pattern. We caught a few crankbait fish and a few fish on jigs. Suddenly, we noticed “White Bass” were there. So, I pulled out and dug into the spoon box and tied on a “jigging spoon”. White Bass were suspended everywhere and were in the feeding frenzy. Caught perhaps 100-150 fish! Lots of hand size fish and very few keepers…but lots of fun!
In the midst of our vertical fishing we caught White Bass, a few Hybrid Striper, Sauger, and Largemouth Bass. Off and on we would move in to the bankline and Bass fish and then pull back out and fish with the vertical jig. We had a blast for about 5 hours! Had to fight with Chad just to lgo home! Wind gailing severly and fish in a biting frenzy! Typical this time of year.
The 25-35 mph winds didn’t even hinder Chad and Dad as we fished vertically with spoons and tail-spinners till our arm hurt. The Whites were on! We also caught a few Sauger, and few nice Largemouth Bass mixed with the Whites. Lots of fun on the River!
We kept a nice mess of fish for supper tonight!
Updates will be coming on Meldahl Dam Sauger as things progress. Right now is the time! Enjoy life fishing…and please don’t forget to respect Father God and Mother Nature. Chad and Dad both appreciate you stopping by this site. God Bless and keep in touch.