• Catfish: Good. This is blue catfish time on Lake Wylie, and over the past few years anglers have learned to target the middle to lower end of the lake focusing in the riverbed, at the mouths of deep creeks and on adjacent deepwater flats. The blue cats seem to move back and forth from the riverbed to the flats, depending on a variety of factors, but they are generally following the bait movement. The best technique seems to be slow drift fishing in 30-55 feet of water, which allows anglers to cover lots of water looking for scattered fish. The best baits include gizzard shad and small pieces of cut fish (the size of a quarter coin). Channel catfish are also being caught, but in less numbers than blues during the winter. Be safe and try not to fish alone when water temperatures are cold.