Went out wed evening with my wife for an hour and a half after work and got 14 channels... all small with my wife of course gettin the big of about 3.5#. was fun bobber action..... not too gungho though. the bites will get better. went out saturday afternoon for about 3 hours and me and my fishin partner got 29 channels... all fish about one pound except for a 3 and a 6#. still on bobbers, but i think that the best is yet to some. very few fish had battle scars on them. i cleaned 23 of the fish (throw the big ones back) and the egg sacs were fairly tight in them, if that means anything. still about a week or so away from peak and I am on vacation june 7 through the following weekend. should be fun (although gotta do much more than cattin) Two things i got q's about anyone. ended up using cut bait for bait today, not of your typical shad, but we call them "mooneye's". They are a crap fish like a shad with a big eye and sometimes you might actually catch them on hook and line as we did 3 or 4 today. anyone ever use these things as bait instead of shad ... the meat is very oderous and a little softer than cut shad. i like it. also , we noticed the iowa shore where we were on the river today was very muddy color and we did not catch a fish in about a quarter mile of good shoreline. the illinois side of the same area was much clearer water and that is where we spent most of our time. Does the clarity have a big impact on the fish? i sure think so after seeing this today... ps, my buddy in one pool away from us today got skunked. ??????????????