By: James Swearingen

Now that our Ohio River basin catfish have spawned they are aggressively feeding to prepare for winter. These fish are naturally hungry in late summer and fall and tend to feed for the next few months before their metabolism slows down as the water cools. Now and during the spring is my favorite time to target these fish.

This time of year our three largest rivers (Alleghany, Ohio and Monongahela) fish well. We catch flatheads and channel cats, but few blues here. Fishing for flatheads isn’t high action. We are fishing for a few good fish each trip. You are sitting around waiting most of the time until a few seconds of chaos happens when they peel drag off the line. What species you catch depends