The dog days of summer are finally here, and if you can get past the brutal heat and humidity the fishing has been phenomenal. I turn my attention to mostly rivers and creeks in the summer since they are finally starting to settle into their pool levels. The gar fishing has really started to pick up, in everything from the backwater creeks to the main stem Ohio River. I even had the pleasure to see an Alligator Gar in one of these backwater creeks (an incredibly rare fish for my area). Otherwise the 3 other species of gar you’d expect here are readily biting. There are a lot of small gar right now, but the odd large one bites if you can weed through the small ones.
The Skipjack Herring are finally starting to move away from the dams in decent numbers, in the early morning and evening you can see schools of them chasing minnows in the current seams of the Ohio River. They can be easily caught on a sabiki rig, or if you want more of a challenge on a fly rod.
The different rivers and creeks are also starting to become the perfect levels to start targeting carp and buffalo again. Right now it is just the odd one here and there, but I haven’t started chumming any areas yet so the fish have just been on worms.
The Bowfin are in great numbers in all of the backwater, they can be easily caught on small pieces of cut bait. Or lately they have been so densely packed that I’ve been able to catch them on a fly rod fairly easily.
Other lesser known species are starting to congregate in denser numbers, such as Flier and Redspotted Sunfish. Once you find their preferred habitat they tend to be in great numbers.
The normal bass, crappie, sunfish, catfish and drum are still easily catchable, but not nearly as exciting as the other species that can be targeted right now.