This is the first year that I've really attempted to get out there in the cooler weather and catch the big ones. What I'm finding right now is confusing the heck out of me. From what I've gathered, right now is suposed to be the time the big cats are "On". However, I'm not catching jack as far as catfish goes. Instead, I'm nailing big largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and sauger. Not complaining cause these are fun to catch and are great eating, but where did the catfish go? I caught one small channel cat yesterday and it was the only cat I've caught in about 3 weeks now (and I'm on the river usually twice a week). Another small problem I ran into was bait. I went to the creek to catch my usual bluegill and they are gone!!! I guess they moved out of the creeks to the main river for the year. Instead, I caught a couple of shad and creek chubs in my usual bluegill hole. No big deal, I'll just use those for bait instead and luckily I have 3-4 bluegill still left from last weekend. But this does tell me that bait will be hard to come by as the year progresses. Another confusing thing is that all year, I've caught my cats on live bait. Never could get even a bite on dead or cut bait. Yesterday, the creek chub I had on died, so I cut him up. Caught the small channel cat on it (First and only fish I've caught on cut bait) and had several hits on cut bait after that one- But they didn't want the live bait!! :confused2: Whatever it was that was hitting though, was so small, they couldn't even take the bait enough to hook them. They just kept stealing it off the hook. lol... The area I fish down there is rocky and shallow compared to the rest of the river and I've always done better in this area than the deeper water. Right now, I'm not finding any cats there though. I did try the deeper water areas for a while yesterday and still nothing. Where did they go? I can't help but feel I'm missing something here or doing something wrong. I'm catching fish, just not the ones I'm looking for.