Man, two fishing threads in a row! I don't know what I'm going to do with myself...ROTFLOL I was digging around the data that has come out in the last five years in our state and found some interesting stuff that you guys probably already know. I am still confused about all this master angler stuff though. I understand that you can make an entry for say, channel cats with a minimum weight of eight pounds for the catch and keep category (catch and release doesn't maintain weight, just length only). I wonder do they keep a running tally, and post results at the end of the year, or how all that works? Heck, I caught a nine pounder which would have got me above the minimum standard. Is it more of an informational thing just to see where and what they are biting on, and promoting the fishery? If I was being honest, the only entry I would like to make is 41 pounds, but wouldn't be upset if I got 50 (give something for folks to shoot for LOL). If there is a fish of that size in our state (and I believe there are a few somewhere) it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 plus years of age!!! The channels do live longer here... Hey, you guys that are catching flatheads every day let some of the rest of us know what they are hitting on, and some of the oddball spots you are finding them in. Here is a list of some spots they have been supposedly caught from according to the Master angler entries: St. Joseph River - No surprise here. The largest fish recorded came from here, with the largest being 40.88 pounds with a live bluegill. Berrien County is listed on most of the entries. Why does this place have to be so far away? LOL. Grand River - This is the second most spot people are chiming in with their catches. Kalamazoo River - This is the river Jim Ross fishes, and there have been a few nice fish entered from there. 36.25 was the largest entry from Allegan county. Those are the main ones, but here are a few others: Little Bay De Noc Tipisco Lake Crooked Lake Van Etten Lake Muskegon Lake and river Sanford Lake Pratt Lake Lake Allegan Saginaw Bay and river!!!- The bay is a pretty big place so I couldn't begin to think where they might be, but I can't envision them in the area we fish. The entry for the bay was in 2003. The guy caught it while trolling. The fish are caught using all kinds of bait (except chicken liver and stinkbait LOL). Some were caught artificially, some cut, but most were caught using live fish. To get certified you need a color photo for identification by a fisheries biologist. I hope the biologist is somebody different than the guy we met on the campsite, eh Sparky? This state is notorious for not knowing the catfish species... There were no entries for blue catfish, even though they are caught all the time by anglers:005: You want to turn your nose up at bowfin? LOL. I'm not going to do that anymore, and will start to target them like catfish.:cool2: State record is only 14 pounds, and these things are everywhere!!! ROTFLOL!!! Besides, you got to turn to something big if the cats aren't biting! Speaking of something big, where is Black Lake? People spear sturgeon there early in the year. I didn't know you could legally do that...They do hook and line them with nightcrawlers out of the St Clair waterway the remainder of the year Back to the channels, which is my favorite fish because of Exxon Mobil. Largest entry in five years is 31 pounds, and NONE of the entries in the last five years came from Houghton Lake. Yep, ties into the whole Loch Ness monster mystique with Houghton Lake. LOL. Time to go get Nessie... Channel cats are everywhere, but I was surprised that there aren't any in Lake Superior. That doesn't mean anything to us, but I wonder why that lake doesn't have them? Lastly, we got to get Don and Sparky a flathead this year come hell or high water if we can get them on a river somewhere with some bigger hooks. LOL.