Bass Fishing Tips for the Ohio River

Bass Fishing Tips for the Ohio River
Bass fishing has been historically plentiful in the Ohio River. As with any fishery, an outdoors enthusiast or avid angler needs to use the right techniques to consistently catch these wary fish. Successful anglers employ some key tips to landing the big ones.

Current Breaks

Largemouth bass are opportunistic feeders and will actively feed along current breaks where bait fish get washed right to their door step. Fish near wing dams, break walls and bridge pilings and you'll find the bass.

Fish Bright Baits

Because the Ohio River has a murky color to it, use brightly colored lures to get the attention of hungry bass. Try chartreuse or orange colored spinner baits along weed lines in the summer.

Match the Baitfish

Shad are a prevalent food source for bass in the Ohio River. Use shad colored crankbaits to mimic a favorite food source of the largemouth bass.

Fish Slow in the Cold

Early and late in the season, when the water temperatures dip to the 40 degree range, slow down your presentation to catch largemouth bass. Use weighted plastic worms or jigs tipped with a pork rind trailer to draw a strike.

Use Crawfish

Live crawfish are a great bait for largemouth bass on the Ohio River. Place a couple split shot above the hook and let the bait drift down to the waiting bass.

Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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