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Old 07-05-2005, 09:16 AM
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NEW CUMBERLAND POOL, JEFFERSON, COLUMBIANA CO. - 13 MI. 1,970 AC
Hybrid Striped Bass - Stream confluences in the upper pool are good areas to fish. Fish will be in the 12-15" size range with some weighing up to 5 lbs. Use spoons, spinners, and twister tail jigs. May, June, and August are the best months to fish. OUTLOOK - GOOD
PIKE ISLAND POOL, BELMONT, JEFFERSON CO. - 30 MI. 4,604 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Fishing for hybrid striped bass is better in the upper half of the pool. Warm water discharges in this area as well as stream confluences and below the New Cumberland tailwaters are good areas to fish. Most fish will be in the 10-17" size range. May, June, and August are good months to fish. Spoons, rattling type crankbaits, pencil type topwaters, and minnows are good baits to use. OUTLOOK - EXCELLENT
HANNIBAL POOL, MONROE, BELMONT CO. - 42 MI. 5,844 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Stream confluences and warm water discharges in the upper 2/3 of the pool are good areas to try as well as the Pike Island tailwaters. Most fish will be in the 10-18" size range with some up to 27". April, May, and September are good months to fish. Small spoons, jigs tipped with sassy shad and spinner baits work well here. OUTLOOK - EXCELLENT
WILLOW ISLAND POOL, WASHINGTON, MONROE CO. - 36 MI. 5,453 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Most fish are caught in the upper end of the pool. The Hannibal tailwaters, island backchannel areas, and old lock and dam sites along the main river channel are good areas to fish. Most fish will be in the 10-23" size range. April, June, and July are good months to fish. Try using chicken liver, pencil type topwater baits, and jigs. OUTLOOK - GOOD
BELLEVILLE POOL, MEIGS, ATHENS, WASHINGTON CO. - 41 MI. 7,153 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - The best fishing areas for Hybrid striped bass are in the upper pool. Angler success has been most effective at Willow Island tailwater and near the Lafayette Hotel at the Muskingum River confluence. Try fishing near the Willow Island tailwaters and near stream and river confluences. Most fish will be in the 16-23" size range with some weighing up to 9 lbs. April, May, and June are good months to fish. Try using chicken liver, gizzard shad, and pencil type topwater baits. OUTLOOK - GOOD
RACINE POOL, MEIGS CO. - 34 MI. 4,896 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Most fish are caught in the upper pool. Try fishing near stream confluences, old lock and dam sites along the main river channel, and below the Belleville tailwaters. Fish will be in the 12-20" size range. April, May, and June are good months to fish. Small spoons and twistertail jigs are good lures to use. OUTLOOK - GOOD
R. C. BYRD POOL, GALLIA, MEIGS CO. - 42 MI. 6,400 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Good; Most hybrid striped bass are caught in the upper half of the pool. Fish near warmwater discharges, stream confluences, and below the Racine tailwaters. April, May, and June are good months to fish. Try using spoons, jigs, and minnows.
GREENUP POOL, GALLIA, LAWRENCE, SCIOTO CO. - 62 MI. 11,200 AC.
Hybrid Striped Bass - Most hybrid striped bass are caught in the upper pool. Stream confluences and warmwater discharges are good areas to fish as well as the RC Byrd tailwaters. Fish will average around 14" in length. April and June are good months to fish. Shad and chubs are the preferred baits. OUTLOOK - GOOD
MELDAHL POOL, CLERMONT, BROWN, ADAMS, SCIOTO CO. - 95 MI. 21,700 AC.
Striped Bass - Fish near stream confluences and warmwater discharges. Most fish will be in the 18-24" size range. May and October are good months to fish. Skipjack herring and pencil type topwater baits work well. Striped bass have been stocked annually by the Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources since 1975. OUTLOOK - FAIR
Hybrid Striped Bass - Fish in the same areas as white bass. Most fish will be in the 8-20" size range with some up to 9 pounds. May, June, and July are good months to fish with fishing picking up again in September. Try casting along the dam wall and hold shad on the bottom with a 1 oz. sinker and a 15-20 lb line leader. One successful rig is a bobber with a 3 ft. leader baited with 8? white rattlesnake artificial baits retrieved in a jerky fashion. OUTLOOK - GOOD
MARKLAND POOL, HAMILTON, CLERMONT CO. - 55 MI. 1,200 AC
Hybrid Striped Bass - Fish near stream confluences, warmwater discharges, and below the Meldahl tailwaters. Most fish will be in the 16-20" size range. May, June, and August are good months to fish. Try using minnows, small jigs, and crankbaits. OUTLOOK - FAIR
White Bass - White bass can be caught in the same areas as hybrid striped bass. Most fish will be in the 9-13" size range. May, June, and September are good months to fish. Try using small jigs, minnows, and spinners. OUTLOOK - FAIR
Striped Bass - Striped bass can be caught trolling and casting near stream confluences and trolling near drop-offs in the main river channel. They can also be caught below the Meldahl tailwaters. Most fish will be in the 12-23" size range with some up to 15 lbs. Crankbaits are good for trolling, live bait such as skipjack herring and gizzard shad can be good to use as well as pencil type topwater baits. OUTLOOK ? FAIR

The following U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lock and Dam offices can provide information on Ohio River water levels, flow rates, dam gate openings, and restrictions.

New Cumberland 740-537-2571
Pike Island 304-277-2240
Hannibal 740-483-2305
Willow Island 740-374-8710
304-665-2520
Belleville 740-378-6110
740-378-6394
Racine 304-882-2118
740-247-3130
Robert C. Byrd 740-256-6311
Greenup 606-473-7441
304-576-2272
Meldahl 513-876-2921
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