It's summertime at last and the weather all over Ohio is classic: hot, sunny days and cooler, but often muggy nights. Fishing can hit the doldrums a little for some species, but channel cats love hot and warm, and there's no better time to head out on some pleasant summer evening, fish half the night, and bring home a string of good eating.
They're hitting very well right now, and area lakes and rivers are waiting with cats that will range from a pound up to six or seven, even more. Where to find these whiskered denizens is easy, since they inhabit nearly every body of water of any size, and bait shops can usually give at least some details on hotspots. But what to catch them on can get a little tougher, simply because there are so many choices. To make it all easier, keep in mind a couple of basic facts. One is that they feed mostly at night, though in deeper water many can be caught during daylight hours.