Hello, I need some advice. I live on the Hennepin Canal in Illinois it's maybe 8' deep and oh i wanna say 100' across it goes for about 120 miles with locks and aquaducts over creeks along the way my stretch is about 5 miles. My question is I used to live in Nebraksa and caught channels all the time. But now I need a different method besides bottom fishing. I would like to try some live gills cuz we could catch em all day out there. The bottom is full of weeds, and a lot of lillypads when it gets warmer, right now it's pretty clean. I am planning on getting a abu 6600 or 6000c3 this weekend and I want to break it in properly:wink:. I know there are some big flatheads out there ( I have never caught a flathead) and lots of channels. I won't eat catfish out of that canal... just blugill and crappie out of there lol, I just want to catch some big boys. I will take all the advice you guys are willing to give, such as rigs, floats, presentation, tackle, bait, and time of day. I haven't caught a catfish for almost 3yrs just bassin'