First off I'd like to say hello to you all. I've been a catfisherman since I was a little dude. I fish for just about anything that swims, but given my druthers, I'd druther fish for cats. I'd like to share tactics and tips on the power lakes in general with you all. I am never to old and mule-headed to learn more and welcome any and all input. I would also like to get some information on the other cooling lakes and impoundments so when I need to take a break from my job I can load up and go. This is a fantastic website with some very valuable information! Last winter I read the IDNR reports for catfishing prospects in Illinois http://dnr.state.il.us/fish/07/07 CATFISH STATUS REPORT.pdf. The section on the Braidwood cooling plant caught my eye. The IDNR has stocked flats and blues and there is already a healthy population of channels and flats from before the lake was impounded. I've gone bass fishing there in the past but never went specifically catfishing. Most of my catting is done on the Kankakee river. Long story short, Braidwood is a short drive from my home and I spent the time and paid my dues to figure the lake out which meant not fishing the river at all. By the end of summer I had a pretty good success rate going with a few days of 100+ cats boated. Most cats ranged in the 2 - 10 pound range so I still have some work to do to pattern the bigger ones. I didn't boat any flats but I have worked up a strategy to fix that, I hope. Anyway, I'd sure like to compare notes. Thanks!