As I write this down I’m not even sure if I will post it. Sitting here in my comfortable chair looking back and trying to put all this in words and frankly I am at a lost to find the right ones. The last 12 months I have been geeking out on how to read and set up my fish finder to really get the maximum use out of it and it paid off.
Day 1 The Ohio River is on a slight rise and running at the perfect water level in my opinion, not to high and not to low. 50 yards from where I dunked my yak I begin to see the returns on my fish finder that really perking my interest. It’s not just about arches or footballs but how these arches and footballs relate to structure and each other. After just a few casts I knew my fish finder had not lied. Some schooling hybrids were finding my lipless crankbait and crushing it on a February day. Life just could not get much better. The interesting piece was that the fish were only biting if the bait was brought back against the current. Water temps 42 degrees with a slight wind from the south.
Day 2 Back to the spot from the day before and the fish finder looks even better. The fish are beginning to school by size, awful early for this type of behavior. I cast and I cast I manage to pick off a couple 17 inch white bass. Such amazing fish I really just love big White bass. I start to try different baits different retrieves and nothing. I decide to do a long slow troll over top of the three schools. Running a small swim bait on a long line. As I approach the three schools smash and a giant head shaking run. My lightbulb moment on the Ohio River.
As the fish finder revealed the fish were schooling by size and I could clearly see the bigger fish schooled up together. Once the Hybrids revealed that the long line troll with a tiny swim bait, against the current was what they wanted I knew what I was going to do the rest of the day. My day began to go completely insane. Targeting just the big slobs, they just could not help themselves and were crushing the bait. Some of the most violent hits I have ever personally felt, these fish are just plain amazing. Some of you wouldn’t believe the numbers and sizes. Others would think I am just being a fisherman and exaggerating. This was one of the most amazing fishing days I have ever had. We are truly lucky to have such
good fishing right here at home.
4 days before or recent warm front. Water temp still only 43 to 44 degrees but when you can unlock the code and find the fish some truly amazing things will happen. It took me 20 lure changes and more than a few times had me guessing what I thought I was seeing on my fishfinder was right. Finding the right lure with the right color and action, fished at the right depth and speed can be daunting but the payout can just be huge. I hope you found something useful for your own fishing in this Ohio River report if you liked it please subscribe.
John Morabito says
Nice post Kurt! Hope to see you on the water again soon.