Fishing Tips

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.

List of Fish of the Central Ohio River

From River Mile 328 – 654

Compiled by W. D. Pearson and B. J. Pearson, 1989

t = type species described from the Ohio River

* = introduced into the Ohio River (non-native)

The common name will have photos added to our album as we get images. Any sharp photos of fish on the list that we do not already have are welcome for consideration. Photographs should be from Indiana or Kentucky waters. Credit will be given, but the copyright for any images must be yours. Contact us at park @ fallsoftheohio.org.

Organized by Common Name (in Groups)                 (List Arranged by Latin Name)

Bass – Crappie

Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides

Rock Bass Ambloplites rupestris

Smallmouth Bass Micropterus dolomieui

Spotted Bass Micropterus punctulatus

Striped Bass Morone saxatilis*

White Bass Morone chrysops

Yellow Bass Morone mississippiensis

Black Crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus

White Crappie Pomoxis annularis 



Bowfin Amia calva


Carp Family

Bigmouth Buffalo Ictiobus cyprinellus

Black Buffalo Ictiobus niger 

Smallmouth Buffalo Ictiobus bubalus 

Bighead Carp Hypophthalmichthys nobilis*

Carp Cyprinus carpo*

Grass Carp Ctenopharyngodon idella*

Silver Carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix*

River Carpsucker Carpiodes carpio

Lake Chubsucker Erimyzon sucetta

Goldfish Carassisus auratus*

Northern Hogsucker Hypentelium nigricans

Quillback  Carpiodes cyprinus

Black Redhorse Moxostoma duquesnei

Golden Redhorse  Moxostoma erythrurum

Greater Redhorse Moxostoma valenciennesi

River Redhorse Moxostoma carinatum

Shortnose Redhorse Moxostoma macrolepidotum

Silver Redhorse  Moxostoma anisurum

Blue Sucker Cycleptus elongatus

Highfin Sucker Carpiodes velifer

Spotted Sucker Minytrema melanops  

White Sucker  Catostomus commersoni



Black Bullhead Icatulurus melas

Brown Bullhead Icatulurus nebulosus

Yellow Bullhead Icatulurus natalis

Blue Catfish Icatulurus furcatus

Channel Catfish Icatulurus punctatus

Flathead Catfish  Pylodictis olivaris

White Catfish Icatulurus catus

Brindled Madtom Noturus miurus

Mountain Madtom  Noturus eleuthurus

Tadpole Madtom  Noturus gyrinus

Stonecat Noturus flavus



American Burbot  Lota lota



Banded Darter  Etheostoma zonale

Crystal Darter Ammocrypta asperella

Dusky Darter  Percina sciera

Eastern Sand Darter Ammocrypta pellucida

Fantail Darter  Etheostoma flabellare

Greenside Darter  Etheostoma blennioides

Johnny Darter Etheostoma nigrum

Orangethroat Darter  Etheostoma spectabile

Rainbow Darter Etheostoma caeruleum

River Darter  Percina shumardi

Slenderhead Darter  Percina phoxocephala

Stripetail Darter   Etheostoma kennicotti

Variegate Darter  Etheostoma variatum



Freshwater Drum  Aplodinotus grunniens



American Eel  Anguilla rostrata



Alligator Gar  Lepisosteus spatula

Longnose Gar Lepisosteus osseus  

Shortnose Gar  Lepisosteus platostomus

Spotted Gar  Lepisosteus oculatus


Minnow-like: Chubs, Minnows and Shiners

Bigeye Chub Hybopsis amblops

Cheek Chub  Semotilus atromaculatus

Hornyhead Chub   Nocomis biguttatus

River Chub  Nocomis micropogon

Silver Chub  Hybopsis storeriana

Speckled Chub Hybopsis aestivalis

Streamline Chub Hybopsis dissimilis

Blacknose Dace  Rhinichthys atraculatus

Redside Dace  Clinostomus elongatus

Bluntnose Minnow Pimephales notatus

Bullhead Minnow Pimephales vigilax

Fathead Minnow  Pimephales promelas

Silverjaw Minnow  Ericymba buccata

Silvery Minnow  Hybognathus nuchalis

Suckermouth Minnow  Phenacobius mirabilis

Bigeye Shiner Notropis boops

Common Shiner Notropis cornutus

Emerald Shiner Notropis atherinoides

Ghost Shiner  Notropis buchanani

Golden Shiner  Notemigonus crysoleucas

Mimic Shiner Notropis volucellus

Ribbon Shiner   Notropis fumeus

River Shiner Notropis blennius

Rosefin Shiner   Notropis ardens

Rosyface Shiner  Notropis rubellus

Sand Shiner   Notropis stamineus

Silver Shiner  Notropis photogenis

Spotfin Shiner   Notropis spiloterus

Spottail Shiner   Notropis hudsonius

Steelcolor Shiner Notropis whipplei

Striped Shiner Notropis chrysocephalus


Miscellaneous Minnow-type Fish

Common Stoneroller Campostoma anomolum

Blackstripe Topminnow  Fundulus notatus

Brook Silverside Labidethes sicculus

Mosquito Fish Gambusia affinis

Pirateperch  Aphredoderus sayanus

Troutperch Percopsis omiscomaycus



American Brook Lamprey  Lampetra appendix

Ohio Lamprey  Ichthyomyzon bdellium

Silver Lamprey  Ichthyomyzon unicuspis



Goldeye  Hiodon alosoides

Mooneye Hiodon tergisus



Paddlefish Polyodon spathula



Logperch Percina caprodes

Yellow Perch Perca flavescens


Pike Group

Muskellunge Esox masquinongy

Grass Pickerel Esox americanus vermiculatus

Northern Pike  Esox lucius*


Sauger – Walleye

Sauger Stizostedion canadense

Walleye Stizostedion vitreum vitreum



Mottled Sculpin  Cottus carolinae



Alabama Shad Alosa alabamae

Alewife Alosa pseudoharengus*

Skipjack Shad Alosa chrysochloris

American Shad Alosa sapidissima*

American Gizzard Shad Dorosoma cepedianum

Threadfin Shad Dorosoma petense



Lake Sturgeon  Acipenser fulvescens

Shovel-nose Sturgeon Scaphirohynchus platorhychus  



Bluegill Leponis macrochirus

Pumpkinseed  Leponis gibbosus

Green Sunfish  Leponis cyanellus

Longear Sunfish  Leponis megalotis

Orangespotted Sunfish Leponis humilis

Redear Sunfish   Leponis microlophus

Warmouth  Leponis gulosus


Oceanic (Freshwater Tolerant)

Coho Salmon   Oncorhynchus kisutch*

Atlantic Rainbow Smelt  Osmerus mordax

Sea Trout   Salmo trutta*