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Ohio River -- Cold Weather Fishing!

Updated on October 6, 2012

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass plus White Crappie

This 13-inch largemouth smacked a Rapala Shad Rap SR7 near the shoreline.
This 13-inch largemouth smacked a Rapala Shad Rap SR7 near the shoreline.
This 15-inch largemouth bass also smacked the SR7 on a cast parallel to the river bank.
This 15-inch largemouth bass also smacked the SR7 on a cast parallel to the river bank.
This 12-inch smallmouth bass was caught in faster current in rip-rap on the SR7.
This 12-inch smallmouth bass was caught in faster current in rip-rap on the SR7.
This 10-inch white crappie was plucked from a swirl around driftwood in shallow water. It was caught on a Berkley Powerbait 2-inch white auger tail grub on a 1/16 oz. jighead.
This 10-inch white crappie was plucked from a swirl around driftwood in shallow water. It was caught on a Berkley Powerbait 2-inch white auger tail grub on a 1/16 oz. jighead.
This feisty smallmouth bass was caught on the 2-inch Berkley grub.
This feisty smallmouth bass was caught on the 2-inch Berkley grub.

Ohio River Is Teeming With Native Fish

by Robb Hoff

October 6.2012

In two hours of fishing, you would think a catch of the five fish pictured with this article would be an indicator that the fish were hitting well.

But they really weren't hitting well.

The hybrid striped bass that have been so prevalent in the downriver stretch below Markland Dam have all but vanished with only a few smaller samples chasing lures from shore.

Largemouth and smallmouth bass stragglers can still be had close to shore, provided they're not carelessly spooked. Keeper-sized bass chased the larger Rapala Shad Rap SR7, and a surprise came in the form of a nice slab-sized crappie caught on a twister-tail grub.

The 50-degree temperature brought a refreshing crispness to the river valley, and -- for now at least -- has not proven a deterrent to the activity of the largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Another couple of hours of river fishing awaits tomorrow, so for now, here's to the fish caught today -- may they live long and prosper (or at least put up a good fight when caught!)


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