This new obsession of catching channels this early in the season is driving me crazy. I see people posting in other states that they are really getting on the channels in the lakes. I'm not looking for huge numbers but I would like to get enough to keep my interest up. We have been fishing six times in the last four weeks and have a grand total of one fish, I'm ready to head back to the big O so I can remember what a catfish looks like. We have fished since the surface water was 34 degree's to 45 degree's yesterday, and since this is new to me this early in the year I am at a loss as to where these fish should be. The only fish we've caught was caught in 35 feet of water three weeks ago ,anchored down fishing the bottom. We have caught no other fish there or in any similiar areas. In the last two weeks we have fished the shallower water where water temps have been slightly warmer. We've drifted anchored jigged bottom around structure with no good results. Yesterday we put in at the dock and the surface temp marked at 50 degrees right at the ramp where it was about three feet deep, and there were shad everywhere, but could not get any fish to bite. Did a lot of drifting and anchoring in middle and shallow depths and never had a bite. We mark fish in most of the areas we are fishing others are fished just because they have structure but all leave us wondering what in the world we are doing wrong. Brothers do any of you have a answer? We will keep at it but knowing no more than we do it is going to be a slow process .Is it possible these fish are still in a transition phase and are not biting all that well? Also there was a pretty significant shad kill,are they seeing so much food that they just are not traveling to get anything?