Fall Fishing – vertical – on the Ohio River

The beautiful Southwestern Ohio – Fall weather was great Sunday on the River! 30 degrees and lots of early fog. The Ohio River was calm, clear, and stable in water level. A little skiff of wind (3 mph) from the north. Water temp was 63 degrees.

Chad and Dad fished in their normal mode – cranking and buzzing, and at first – triggered hardly nothing. Big Shad were surfacing everywhere and moving in to the bank-line. No schooling fish were breaking. Chad did catch a few skip-jacks. Usually when you find skip-jacks you will find Hybrid Stripers lurking somewhere close.

Chad brought a bucket of natural minnows that were seigned earlier (from our local creek) this past week. So, we began using jig heads tipped with natural minnows. Then, everything changed! Boredom turned to having fun! The frenzy was on. We began catching Large-mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, White Bass, and Hybrid Striped Bass galore. These fish this time of the year (under these water temperature conditions) began the “frenzy” when they see other fish grab a bait. Many fish we were winding in had others chasing the same bait – trying to take it away from the other fish. What a sight!

As things progressed I got the spoon out and began jigging a silver spoon. (1) Sauger found it…but mostly White Bass and Hybrids were being attracted to this silver fish attractor. We fished “vertical” for a few hours and done well. When the fog lifted and the Sun came out the bite changed. The big thing was “fishing jigs vertical tipped with natural minnows”…and of course “spoons vertical”. Fish were aggressive which turned our day into a great day of fishing Southwestern Ohio.

The Ohio River can be a fish bonanza when everything is right. Especially, Mother Nature. We used all the minnows and went home to clean the fish. Had Ohio River Striper and White Bass for supper. Love it! Looking forward to some great November Sauger fishing.

Had a memorable day like this some years back. It was with fellow fisherman Tom Leibreich. That trip it was a live-well full caught on crank-baits.

God Bless from Chad and Dad! Enjoy Winter fishing on the Ohio River – Meldahl Dam. See you there!


About rickroehm

Since 1988 I’ve been writing and doing service for the Lord. It all began in 1987 after a personal walk began with the Lord. This personal walk with the Lord I speak of turned into extensive Bible studies and later evolved into blogging in early 2000. At present I write, author, and publish several different sites on the Internet. My Blogs contain a vast library of Theological writings, teaching videos, and preaching audios that currently go around the globe for the cause of Christ. I write at Christian Blessings on Wordpress, Holy Hubert Lindsey Group on Facebook, Churches on Trial at Google, publish You Tube videos, record sermons at holy.sermon.net, etc. I also pastor a Church called the Upper Room in Williamsburg, Ohio . My secular Blog called Southwestern Ohio Fishing on Wordpress is where I write about experiences with my son and fishing partner Chad where we together enjoy Mother Nature’s beauty mixed with Father God’s creation. At Southwestern Ohio Fishing Blog I also publish favorite recipes for those who enjoy eating and cooking as much as this writer does. Thanks for sharing your time and life with this writer at the Blogs. Here's more access to my ministry and fishing Blog if you'd care to check them out further. Bible Truth Christian Blessings Holy Hubert Group Facebook Churches on Trial Hubert Lindsey YouTube videos The Upper Room Southwestern Ohio Fishing Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it! God Bless!
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2 Responses to Fall Fishing – vertical – on the Ohio River

  1. patl says:

    I assume you were near the Meldahl dam. If so, were they allowing people to fish in the lock approaches? Were they allowing people to “magnet” to the long lock wall? Thanks in advance for the response

    • rickroehm says:

      These fish were taken from above Meldahl Dam. I have not been to Meldahl yet…but I hear rumors the lock approach is off limits for fisherman. If you find out anything let us know. Chad and I caught (1) Sauger that day on a minnow. the week before we caught a couple cranking. Thanks for enjoying life on the Ohio River with us.

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