ok here's my situation...i have no boat so i have to bank fish. there are 3 lakes that are within reasonable driving distance. the closest is man-made Heritage Lake, so their isn't much structure other than coves and the riprap along the dam where everyone catches bass. the next closest is Raccoon Lake which i believe is natural. we went there last week and were using chicken liver smothered in garlic paste and nightcrawlers (we didnt have any live bait) fishing in an area that should have been a creek but the water was rediculously high so it looked more like a very large cove. a buddy of mine caught one small channel and i caught the first carp of my life, but no other cats. the third lake is Cataract Lake which i also believe to be natural. I havent fished this lake since i was a kid till this past weekend so i didnt exactly know where to go. we asked the park manager and a conservationist where the catfish were and they both pointed us to a swimming area with boat ramps on either side. i didnt think this area would produce much but we didnt know anywhere else to go and you never know...anyway the same buddy i mentioned before caught a big carp on a nightcrawler and that was it...the next morning we came back and i caught a drum on a bluegill the size of my thumb...also first one i've ever caught. later that day we tried accross the road from a friend's house in a large creek that ran into the lake...it was strait and deep and we didnt catch a thing. but anyway after have read all of this...my question is, where do you find big cats in big lakes?