Copied this from the internet to share with the members here. Created by the confluence of the Gauley and New rivers, the Kanawha River runs across half of West Virginia before dumping into the Ohio River near the Mason County town of Point Pleasant. Known as a river for producing big fish, none raise more eyebrows than the Kanawha's mighty flatheads. The Kanawha consistently ranks among the state's top five waters for trophy flathead catfish, according to the West Virginia's Trophy Fish Citation Program. It is not uncommon to see flatheads up to 50 pounds on the citation registry and the list usually includes at least a few 20 pounders each month, especially during the summer. During July and August alone, over 20 flathead catfish were registered with the West Virginia Trophy Citation Program (catfish must weigh over 10 pounds). As with most large rivers, tailwater areas below dams on the Kanawha act as congregating points for various fish species. Large concentrations of baitfish and other forage entice top predators like flatheads to tailwater areas where they feed heavily. A good number of these trophy flatheads stay in these tailraces for several months, particularly during the summer when tailraces account for the river's most significant moving water habitat. The Winfield tailwaters have earned the reputation as one of the Kanawha River's best locations for trophy flatheads. Every year, it seems that anglers catch a slew of trophy channel and flathead catfish from the waters immediately downstream of the lock. Favorite techniques include using live gizzard shad or large minnows while fishing along the edges of the strong tailrace current. This technique requires more attention than most catfishing techniques, but it can pay off when one of the "big boys" hits. Anglers fishing the Winfield tailwaters also have the luxury of fishing from shore, as there is considerable room for shoreline fishermen along this productive tailrace. Shoreline anglers have a huge advantage of fishing around the access piers just below the dam. These piers are excellent fishing spots because the swirling currents pass close by, creating eddies for catfish to hold in. The Winfield tailwaters are located along U.S. Route 35 near Winfield. Another hotspot for big flatheads on the Kanawha River is near the town of Buffalo. This small community is located along SR 62 about halfway between Charleston and Point Pleasant. Near Buffalo, a good-sized boat ramp, which can accommodate about 50 vehicles, provides anglers with the best access to this section of the Kanawha River. Shoreline opportunities are very limited in this area, so serious fishing will require a boat. Anglers trying this particular area need to scour the river and search out the Kanawha's deep pools. These large pools serve as prime habitat for many of the Kanawha's mammoth flatheads. Anglers should pay special attention to the fact that many of the river's best pools are located on river bends. These bend pools make great initial setup spots for anyone looking to encounter trophy flatheads. Try these areas for a bit, and if action is slow, then move to another spot. Catfish anglers employ a variety of techniques, but Kanawha River fishermen catch most of their large flatheads by using live suckers and shad. They'll place these live baits along either back eddies or main-river currents. Live suckers are especially effective for hefty flatheads in the Kanawha. Don't be afraid to use suckers up to 20 inches or so. Remember, a flathead's mouth can exceed 12 inches across, so these mud monsters can eat nearly anything you can cast on a rod. One of my favorite tactics is to use heavy sinkers and fish live bait along swift current. This technique requires more work by the boat's oarsman or trolling motor, but the largest fish often lie on the bottom near the current line. Most anglers are aware that a "do not eat" advisory has been issued for the consumption of carp, suckers and catfish on the Kanawha River from the confluence of the Coal River to Point Pleasant. This advisory acts just like a catch-and-release regulation for catfish. The majority of anglers return their catfish to the water, and consequently, the potential for huge catfish in this section of the river is excellent. Because of the high concentration of trophy catfish in this area of the Kanawha, this section of the river may be the state's best water for jumbo flatheads.