If you improvise a little, any fishing can be a blast! Due to family issues I ended up camping at Sterling Lake last weekend. After talking to some locals and scoping out the lake, I took out my two spinning rods usually used for bass. They are both med action and spooled with 12lb test line. I was using shrimp for bait and had a BLAST catching channel cat from 2lbs and under, up to about 5lbs! I caught about 20 the first evening, and 15 the next. Released all of them, I was just having fun catching them, and on the light tackle, was just as fun as catching the whoppers! A guy fishing just down the way from me caught a flathead about 20lbs! Some HS guys came down and turned about 6 flatheads loose between 7 and 15 lbs that they caught in the river, they said they have probably released about 20 of them this year alone all about that size! It is a small lake, about 12 acres if I was guessing, but it is DEEP! (Former gravel pit) and full of aeriators, about 20 of them all around the lake. One section is so deep your perch will die if you fish it ont he bottom! One more interesting fact, there is an old rail car they sunk in the lake years and years ago, according to several old timers, there is a flathead in there that is to big to get out of the car, I think they were pulling my leg, but they swear by it!