Fishing The Flooded Ohio River

I arrived at the river front at 5 pm to start my fishing adventure. I brought three poles and gizzard shad for bait. Since the river was at 38 feet (as opposed to the normal 24 this time of year) and it was still on the rise I decided to work the bank as close as possible. I set two lines suspended and on line right on the bottom each cast out 5-10 feet. Unfortunately I was unable to find any good structure or any decent current breaks. After about two hours I had my first and only hit and reeled in a small hybrid.Small hybrid 38 ft ohio

While it was nice to catch a fish, the trip was much slower than I expected. I did learn that not as many fish cruise the edges of the bank as I had expected, so until the Ohio drops I’ll be fishing much further out.

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