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!