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Does anyone fish the ohio river?

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I have just started bass fishing the past year, and would love to hear how you find and catch them.  My fishing has been really sporadic, one day I will kill them and the next I can't even buy a bite. 

  I also wondered if anyone fishes deep for them, all of the locals I know fish shallow to maybe 10ft deep.   

I am talking about smallmouth but if you have tips for black or kentucky I'm all ears.

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i have never really fished the river but i know a guy who wins some big tournaments on the river and i think he has said that he pitches a craw. i dont know it is for SM but he does very well on the river. i think he has won 7 thousand something in just a small amout of tounys.

i hope this helps

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Right now the Bass are biting on the Ohio river. I launch from the Allegheny River right out side of Pittsburgh, and fish all 3 rivers. They are biting on 1/2 oz. jigs Black and Blue in color with a Rage tail Chunk trailer. They also been hitting tubes in Watermelon color with JJ's Magic Chartreuse dye on the tentacles. The last one I've been throwing is a Rapala X-Rap.

I usually throw the X-Rap first to get the aggressive fish then come back around and throw the tube or the jig to get the less aggressive ones.

Hope this helps lousyfisher.

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simplejoe, what type of areas are you fishing?  Are you catching smallies or largemouth?  How deep is the river up that way? 

  Down here the channel is 20 to 30ft in the summertime.  Have you tried fishing the edge of the channel, I have meant to but I lose interest too quick.   I was slow rolling a spinner this fall at the mouth of a back up and caught a 26 inch hybrid, man that was fun. 

Seems like I caught more catfish this year while bass fishing than I ever did when I was targeting cats.   Oh, my brother caught a 43" flathead on a 4" worm in about 5ft of water. 

Shane

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Shane, this time of the year I fish in depths from 5 ft. to 20 ft. I go out on the boat and search for humps, drop offs, bridge pilings, rock piles, rocky banks and creeks coming into the river. Anything that's different from the surrounding area. It could be a drop-off from 2' to 3' or a rock pile only 2' high. I can find the fish just getting them to bite is the stressful part for me. I target SM and LM and some days only fish I can catch are Walleyes. The channel is about the same here, some parts on the Allegheny are deeper but I don't fish that deep. Don't lose interest on fishing the ledge outside of the channel you'll be missing ALOT of fish through out the year.

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