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Fishing at the Falls

 

Note: Fishing at the Falls of the Ohio may be done with an Indiana or Kentucky license.

Bow fishing is illegal in the National Wildlife Conservation Area boundaries.

Keeping paddlefish (spoonbills, spoonbill cats) is illegal in the National Wildlife Conservation Area boundaries.

Access: There are three areas that fishermen usually park to access the river.

1) Behind the Interpretive Center ($2 per day, pay to park or free with an State Parks and Reservoirs annual pass.) We provide a parking pass for the main lot that is good for night fishing.

2) Outer parking lot near the railroad bridge. No fee. Access the fossil beds from the steps.

3) George Rogers Clark boat ramp on Harrison Avenue - no fee. Park in established lot only! No parking on the ramp! Do not park in front of the gate. When the ramps are open, fisherman must allow boats to be launched.

Note: Night fishing requires an annual park pass.

 

Fishing at the Falls: Photo Album

A collection of images in and around the Falls of the Ohio.

 

Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife web page

Information on fishing, licenses, boating, etc.

 

List of Fish Species of the Central Ohio River

Over 130 species of fish of all size found in and around the Falls of the Ohio. This list links to a fish database. Photographs of many fish are posted here.

 

Fishing Report for the Falls of the Ohio State Park

(IDNR Division of Fish and Wildlife page, updated regularly by park staff)

 

Paul’s Tips for the Fishing at the Falls of the Ohio

By Paul McLean

Species Best Months Type of Bait Used Most
Bass, Largemouth

Spring, Summer
Early morning best

Top water plugs: jitter bugs, hula popper
Crank baits: Rapala types, live minnows
Bass, Smallmouth Spring, Summer
Early morning best
Top water plugs: jitter bugs, hula popper
Crank baits: Rapala types, live minnows
Bass, Striped Early Spring, Late Autumn Jigs w/ chartreuse or white tails, spinner baits or live minnows
Bass, White Spring, Summer Live minnows or spinner baits
Blue Gill & Pan fish Spring, Summer Earth worms, small flies (wet or dry)
Catfish, Blue Spring, Summer, Autumn Cut shad, big live minnows, night crawlers, stink bait
Catfish, Flathead Spring, Summer, Autumn
Best at night
Live small fish or big minnows
Crappie Spring, Summer Earth worms, small flies (wet or dry)
Drum            Spring, Summer, Autumn Earth worms, cut bait
Sauger, Saugeye & Walleye March, April, May and
Late November, December
Jigs w/ chartreuse tails, minnow-type spinner baits or live minnows
Paddlefish Protected species. No capture allowed. Any snagged fish must be immediately released.

 

Video of Jumping Silver Carp on the Wabash River

Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) is an exotic fish that is renown for its acrobatics. Noise startles this fish, causing it to jump as much as seven feet above the water's surface. It can be hazardous to boaters.

 

Updated February 18, 2013