Reguardless of how a summer was catfishing, (espically baggin the big ones), September and October are the most important. What I mean is that when fishing rivers and creeks in the midwest area, now is the time to pull in the big ones, espically flats. This past summer in the midwest was HOT, and DRY!!! The cats were lagging in spawning, and sluggish due to lack of rain and steady heat. The cats are hungry and ready to feed before they slow down for the winter. Now is the time to catfish and get some good catches. I tell you this by past expierencies. In my opinion, when fishing the Ohio River wher I usually fish, the most active time is in September and October. The water is still warm, reguardless of the tempature change. Reel them in!!!