Looking into taking a trip down to the Ohio River soon. Will be traveling down from Toledo OH. Never fished the Ohio and never fished blues. I'm not looking for anyone to out their secret spots, but i'd like to get some feedback on river conditions, availability of bait, tackle shops, etc... From Toledo it looks like the drive would be the same to concentrate on the area around either the dam west of cinnci or the one east of cinnci. either way, it would be a long drive home if the river isn't fishable. we have some 6" shad that i've been collecting from a power plant discharge around here, but would like to catch some skipjack to use. Also, if we decide to go this week won't be able to order 6 and 8 oz. sinkers off catfish connection so we'd have to find a tackle shop that carried big weights. otherwise, i think we're set to go, got plenty of big rods and penn 320gti's and my dad's ranger 620 can handle some big current and water and is rigged with good electronics, etc... any info on conditions, ramps, tackle shops, bait, would be greatly appreciated. m.