I'm new to the board and look forward to making positive contributions in any way I can. I have 3 + decades of catfishing experience. I live in Northern California and have the wonderful opportunity to fish locally for salmon, stripers, sturgeon, trout, and catfish. Within an hours drive I can get halibut, shark, & rockcod. It's a wonderful place for a fisherman to live. Fishing is deeply embedded in my soul and cats are my first love as they turned a boy into a life long fisherman. Blue cats do not inhabit any of my local waters so my main cat focus consists of catching Channels. My favorite lake to catfish is Clear Lake. If things turn out right, I'll retire there someday. Thanks for having such a good site with a wealth of information. I'm still trying to get accustomed to the home page as there is just so much information. Listed below are some Channel cats my wife and I caught at Clear Lake back in October. We caught over 150 pounds of channel cats in about 18 hours of fishing. On this trip we averaged about 3 cats per hour while drifting the main lake in 14 to 17 feet of water. We caught the bigger cats while anchored overnight. We got 5 channels over 13 pounds with the two biggest weighing 21 & 24 pounds. Healthy male channel caught on mackerel. The shoulders on this fish were huge. My wifes new personal best. The shoulders on this fish were streamlined and it was likely a female. Another nice fish. One of the few big skinny cats I've seen out of Clear Lake. With a big fat belly I bet this fish would push 17 pounds easy. It topped out the digital scale at just over 13 pounds. It was strictly a catch and release trip as all fish were released to fight another day. It was an adventure we will not soon forget. I hope everyone enjoys the story and pictures & Happy New Year!