Ohio River Angler’s Notes Willow Island Pool
Willow Island Pool

Willow Island has a substantial number of islands and tributaries and as a result is one of the most popular pools on the Ohio River.

The upper pools of the River have numerous discharges, both hot and cold. These discharges create current, oxygen, and baitfish. They should be fished if you are in the vicinity.

Tailrace Waters Below The Hannibal Dam (Mile 126.4)

This area consistently produces fish of several species.

The shore fishing opportunities in the area are excellent.

Fishing Creek (West Virginia-Mile 128.5)

The mouth is the best area of this creek. Fish both the upstream and downstream points at the mouth.

Paden Island (Mile 132)

The head of the island is best—fish the gravel and small rock for black bass.

Middle Island (Mile 153)

Plenty of wood cover make this a favorite spot for game fish anglers.

Middle Island Creek (West Virginia-Mile 153 & Mile 154)

This is a long creek that, depending upon water levels, you can boat up several miles. It has excellent fishing with good cover and structure along the banks. Especially popular are the areas of standing timber.

Rocky Bank (Ohio-Mile 154-155)

When fish are in the main river this is a consistent producer. Some fine catfish are taken from this area.

Middle Brothers Island (Mile 158.7)

The shallow water areas around this island are popular with game fish anglers. The deeper water areas and breaks produce catfish.

Lower Brothers Island (Mile 160)

This island has an abundance of rip rap banks which hold fish.