In Washington state there is no great catfishing. The state is split into halves with the cascade mountians going down the middle. The east side has pretty good catfish in a few lakes but the west side has just about nothing except some little bullheads. It's a few hours drive to the eastern lakes and rivers for me to go for cats. I struggle this time of year with the cat fishing being slow to justify that long drive for low odds. Is there a way to catch channels in a big river when the water is getting cold? They must still be eating! I have only caught catfish in the snake river. It's a huge fishery and certainly has lots of fish. The river is deeply cut through the mountains and canyons. from the shore it typically drops to 60-80 feet deep with little to no structure anyplace within the main body of the river. I have only ever caught catfish in the shallow bays that are created by incoming streams and smaller rivers. I have been very lucky inside the manmade protected boat launchs and marina's at night too. The last two trips there I have only caught two fish in these protected areas so I think that the fish may have moved to a different seasonal location. All I have is some DVD's on catfishing and this site to visit until spring now!