First I am new to Texas and was wondering about the catfishing on Lake Conroe, Lake Livingston. I have fished on the Alabama River most of my life . I have heard the the fishing on both of these lakes is good to great. What kind of tackle do you use for these lakes and is the bait mostly shad and dipbaits. I have only used cut shad in Alabama. Also is it difficult to catch shad in these lakes, or should I just buy it from the local bait shops?