I went up to Ellis dam to catch shad for bait, Lots of 10 to 12 inchers in the area. On almost every toss of the net I brought in 1 to 3lb channel cats, and one 3lb saugeye. Even though the water is cold the cats were fiesty. I took my bait and headed for the riverside boat ramp. I only fished for 3 hours before it got dark but I had lots of action. First 10 minutes I had a tap/run. I thought it was a channel so I didn't engege the reel when I picked it up, I was just holdin my thumb on the spool. Mistake, the fish started pulling my tip down so fast all I could do try and set. Well it was bigger than I was expecting so when I set, the spool just slipped under my thumb letting out 3ft of line and lots of slack. I tried to re-group and clicked the handel and reeled in the slack and when I felt him I set again. I felt him for a second then the hook came loose. I'm convinced it was a big flattie or a record channel. Felt like a 5 gal. bucket in that current. About 20 minutes later I landed a 4lb channel. I was getting lots of hits from channels But I think my 10/0 hooks were to big for them, I shoulda downsized. Right before 7pm I hooked into another that felt like that first one. But I only had him for a couple seconds before that hook popped out too. They were hittin the bait but not engulfing like in warmer water. The battery was dead in my thermometer so I didn't get a reading but the water felt very cold. Using the shad as cut bait worked best, I tried two as live bait and only had a run on one then nothing so I switched them to cut also. I wish I had gotten out before 4pm cause it got dark in just 3 hours. And there was too much debris coming down from the rain.