I'm back!!! I figured you all would be out chasin' bambi. There are 2 weeks left for duck season and I am already starting to think about fishin. Like last year, I have a few questions regarding these elusive critters. I didn't really get into this seriously until mid summer. So, I wasn't around this past spring to ask questions. As some of you may remember, I landed my first flathead last Sept...I think? At any rate, I want to take advantage of the spring bite this year. First of all, do these flatheads inhabit the same waters as they do in the fall? Deep holes in eddy's or do they tend to come up a bit to more shallow waters? Are they still lurking around the dead timber or do they move up to gravel/sand flats....and drop points from there? Bait: I have heard that a lot of the shad are killed off in the winter. Is this true? Does this mean that the shad will be smaller this spring as they were compared to last fall? I was reading the Virgina board and those guys are using gill nets on the James river to catch their baits. Have any of you had any luck with this type of net? How do they work? Do you drag them behind the boat or just set them at anchor in a river and come back 20 mins later to check on them. My shoulder gets really worn out quick from all the cast netting I have to do to get enough bait for a trip. Sometimes spend upwards of 90 minutes throwing a cast net. Spawn: How do catfish spawn and when is the spawn? Most of my fishing in the past couple of years has been up on Lake Erie for Walleye. I know that they spawn around the middle of April and last to the middle of May. I don't know anything about the flathead spawn. Does the fishing slow down during this time of year? With walleye, as soon as the females are done laying eggs, they are eager to feed and it is one of the best times to land some nice trophy hogs. Anyhow, just thought I would stop by and say "hi" again. I didn't forget about you guys. I hope this year I can learn more and get better in my technique to land more fish.