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Ohio River Fishing Brings Spring Action

Updated on February 21, 2015

River Action is Teeming

by Robb Hoff

April 7. 2013


Finally Spring has sprung in the Ohio River Valley, and fishing wise that means the sauger are moving on with the winter and other species like the smallmouth bass and the hybrid striped bass are rolling into the shallower feeding grounds left behind by the sauger.

The use of twisted-tail grubs on jigheads almost always produces some kind of results where there are feeding fish, but before the bigger shad crank baits start to really stir up game fish, the use of in-line spinners like Rooster Tails can yield excellent early Spring action.

The trout, patterned fire tiger Rooster Tail tends to trigger strikes from hybrid striped bass when other presentations don't work. For the Ohio River, 1/2-ounce Rooster Tails induce strikes from bigger fish and the heavier lure is easier to use in the Spring river current.

Bigger-sized hybrids require heavier tackle all around for the best results, but keeping the tackle on the lighter side definitely magnifies the fight that these brawlers give, even if it means some fish are lost.



Big Hybrid Striped Bass Like This One Put Up An Absolute Brawl of a Fight
Big Hybrid Striped Bass Like This One Put Up An Absolute Brawl of a Fight
Ohio River White Bass Don't Grow to the Size of Stocked Striped bass and Hybrids But Bigger Ones Like This Let You Know You've Got Something at the End of the Line.
Ohio River White Bass Don't Grow to the Size of Stocked Striped bass and Hybrids But Bigger Ones Like This Let You Know You've Got Something at the End of the Line.
River Redhorse Suckers Look a Lot Like Non-Native Carp At First Glance But the Position of the Sucker Mouth on the Underside of the Head Distinguishes the Native River Redhorse.
River Redhorse Suckers Look a Lot Like Non-Native Carp At First Glance But the Position of the Sucker Mouth on the Underside of the Head Distinguishes the Native River Redhorse.
Nothing Like A Nice-Sized Ohio River Smallmouth Bass to Herald the Arrival of Spring.
Nothing Like A Nice-Sized Ohio River Smallmouth Bass to Herald the Arrival of Spring.

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