Archive for January, 2011
Fishing Barges
Ohio River Barge

Barges are one of, if not the most, common form of structure and cover on the Ohio River. Yet, most of the anglers who fish the River pass them by on their way to another spot. Barges will produce fish during most of the calendar year and are usually within easy motoring distance from a ramp. Why not learn to fish them?

Begin fishing a barge by carefully analyzing the current. Fish in the Ohio River, like all bodies of moving water, relate to the current. They also relate and adapt to what is available to them. Barges are available to them so they use them. It is just that simple.

When fishing barges your lure or bait should be presented with the current. That is, the bait should move along with the current, not against it. Usually the best place to start is at the head of the barge. It will rise from the water at an angle of something like 45 degrees. Throw your lure or bait up under the nose of the barge as far as you can and then let it drift down under the nose. Fish will hold in this area to ambush prey.

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Fish The Tailrace Waters

Looking for an angling option for the winter? Try the tailrace waters below the dams.

These waters provide a wealth of opportunity for the angler brave and tough enough to fish them at this time of the year. Although the water is cold the current and turbulence attract a variety of species. Most can be caught either from shore or from a boat.

The first to come to mind are the sauger. The areas below the dams hold large numbers of quality fish. A quality sauger in this area is between 10 and 12 inches in length. (Some pools produce much larger fish.) Just about right for filets. Sauger feed willingly during the winter. They can be caught with live bait or artificial bait.

Most live bait enthusiasts favor minnows. This is a simple process. Just hang a hook, with a minnow on it, below a bobber and start fishing. Adjust your depth until you find the magic spot. Add weight as necessary to keep the minnow at the correct depth. For the most fun use light open face spinning tackle.

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