well im about 98% sure the spawn is in full effect on the meramec. tried 4 different bank spots lastnight, and ended with 7 gar. all were about the same size 2 1/2-3 foot. but not one catfish, we got tons of bites but none seemed to bite like a catfish. we fished live perch,cut perch, live craws, minnows, liver, cut skip, and some stink baits. at least i got some gar for bait now. i like having a bit of everything in the bait freezer, because you never know whats gonna work one day to another. think ill take catfish earl's advice and try and fish for bullheads while the flats are inactive, who knows maybe ill get a good number of them and be all set when those whiskery bastards decide to bite again.