"We're catching good numbers on the channels, and the blues are doing pretty well," said Plumley (www.lakehartwellfishing.com) "The lake's beginning to turn over, so the fish are getting harder to find. When the lake starts turning, food seems to take second place to good water."
Plumley recommends fishing in 18 to 24 feet of water using dip bait, cut shad, herring or nightcrawlers on the bottom.
"The fishing seems to be better a little later in the morning," Plumley said. "Water's cooling down and is on the verge of turning. Once the lake turns, it'll pick up even more."
For gear, Plumley suggests a half-ounce sinker and No. 2 hook on 10- to 12-pound test line. He prefers an 8-foot Ugly Stick for his rod and Penn Slammer reels.
Even though the channel cat bite has been off-and-on, Plumley said we're not far away from the blue catfish bite to get hot.