CatfishWe have not fished for cats exclusively but we have caught a bunch fishing for other species. We have caught cats trolling cranks and it has not been uncommon for us to catch 6 to 8 on each trip. Mostly channels but some sweet blues in the six-pound range. Reeling in a cat on a 14-foot cranking rod can be a very nice battle. I would imagine that you could drift in the bays with a crawler and catch a whole bunch targeting them.
LargemouthWe have been catching largemouth occasionally while cranking too. We have caught some up to about 3 ½ pounds this week. It is always a mixed bag of fish on the KnB pontoon!
Bluegills and RedearsI did not get the chance to fish for gills and redears lately but have caught some nice gills while pulling cranks. Did see a group that had a pile of nice gills caught on crawler pieces.
Thank you for the restaurant recommendation!!!! (The Pond in Aurora) It was great food and service. Thanks again for the great day on the lake. —Jes, Phyllis, John and Terry.