I spent some time on the web today researching channel cat stocking in the hopes of narrowing our choices for a fishing trip, per the discussion on the Master Angler thread. I included all stocks since 1990 in the lower peninsula. I then took the lakes with the most significant numbers and figured in the lake size to come up with a rough idea of fish density. Obviously there are a LOT more variables that could be considered, but this should give us a rough idea of where the best chances are. The number you see by the body of water is the # of fish stocked per acre since 1990. Branch Co Matteson Lk 177 Union Lk 203 Eaton Co Erickson Pond 133 (Shore fishing only) Lake Interstate * Ionia Co Sessions Lk 475 Jackson Co Gilletts Lk * Lenawee Co River Raisin * Montcalm Co Townline Lk 150 Clinton Co Lk Ovid 132 Park Lk 50 Washtenaw Co Barton Pond 127 Ford Lk 110 Geddes Pond 144 Wexford Co Hodenpyl Dam Pond 51 Wayne Co Belleville Lk 44 *I could not find any info on Lake Interstate. I know where it is but size and access eluded me. I assume that it is shore only but don't know for sure. It had 7320 fish stocked and it is not that big. *I could not find any info on Gilletts Lake. It had 95,193 fish stocked. *I could not find any info on River Raisin but it had 176,708 fish stocked. After I started figuring in the lake size I realized maybe I should have run all the lakes in the stocking page. I only included the ones with big stocks, but some of them were big lakes so it dilluted the stock's impressiveness. It is possible there are some little lakes that were worth mentioning that I overlooked because of this. We could also consider the Bay and find some inlets or warm water discharges, Sparky may have input on this. I would say Sessions looks like a good choice. Also look at Union Lake, it has big numbers and the St. Joe flows through it. I don't know if that means that flatties could be there as well or not. It looks like a great cat lake! Maybe in the next week we can generate some ideas and make a plan. The weather should start cooperating soon. I am oiled and organized with bait in the freezer, chomping at the bit. I won't be offended if anyone has different or better ideas, the more the merrier.