8-4-2015 I decided to try to fish the river, it has dropped down to 14 feet (pool stage for the Ohio where I’m at). Usually when the water is at this level and this time of year it should be full of stripers and catfish. However this seems to be the opposite, I only fished with one rod using bait and lures. I fished for about six hours and had one small hybrid right on a current break and then an hour later a small drum jigging worms right off the bottom. The really cool part of this fishing trip was the Indiana DNR was out electro-fishing right where I was taking samples. It was very cool to see some of the less known species in person.
8-6-2015 As a strong storm system moved out of the area I choose to go out and try to catch a few bass after work. The lake I was fishing is fairly urban and has a lot of fishing traffic. Since the bass are very smart they get spooked by any loud noises or any lures that put off too much vibrations. My solution to this was to fish a 3 inch fluke. I started off fishing the fluke weightless, but the wind was too strong so I choose to put it on a jig head. The fish were super active and I caught some of the larger fish that I’ve seen in this lake. They all hit on a 3 inch blue pear silver fluke.
8-9-2015 Against my better judgement I choose to go bank fishing on the Ohio River again. After netting some gizzard shad I ended up fishing at the plaza on Evansville’s river front. I set up my old zebco slingshot with a salmon egg hook and an bit of shad gut the size of a pea. I stupidly set that down as I cast out my other rods and turned around in time to see a fish pull it into the water and shoot out into the river. I bought the rod as a joke but the rod put up with much more abuse than I ever expected. I set up the other two rods right out in front of the boat launch. I set up one rod with a slip rig about 30 feet off the bank and then set up a my other rod 60 feet out from bank suspened up about 2 feet off the bottom. After about an hour I got a hit on the farthest rod, it was a small 3 pound channel catfish. Unfortunately this was the only fish that hit.