I am posting a picture of what I call a "catfish condo" They are called crappie condos on other message boards I post on. What they do is provide structure in areas where none exits. This stucture attracts bait fish which attract catfish. I know a lot of guys that are placing them in key areas of lakes and reservoirs they fish. They are very easily made. Just place some wood, brush, or PVC in 5 gallon buckets and then fill the buckets with concrete. To save money, I use 1" rock with sackrete on top of the rocks. After the concrete dries, I place several of these condos in areas near drop offs on points. If you get them placed properly, they will always hold fish including catfish. They are cheap and easy to make. I place them in various areas so some of them will be in areas I can fish regardless of the wind direction and speed. Check you local laws to see if they are legal to place in your lake.