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Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 11:58 p.m. CDT
Gary Lawson (left) poses with Matt Jones and one of the many channel cats he landed on a Rock River trip on Monday.

Here we go with another round of rain – I told you all once it started it wasn't going to stop.

I'm starting to wonder when I look at the extended forecast what the months of July and even into August holds. Not being a fan of high water, I have to admit that I'm a little nervous.

Don't get me wrong, the channel cat fishing is excellent and flatheads can still be found, but give me a low, slow river all week long and twice on Sunday, and that dog'll hunt.

I had multiple trips on the mighty Rock River this week, and what I said earlier about channel cats was exactly on the money. We caught large female channel cats that were coming out of the spawn one right after a another.

The largest channel was an 8-pound, 7-ounce spawned-out old girl. What was real cool, though, was the amount of fish from 4 to 6 pounds we landed. Big, fat, healthy channel cats all day long, and they were full of energy and giving the fisherman and the rods a serious workout.

Of course, all them big, beautiful females are still out there, and hopefully they'll spawn another few times before their last days.


Now, this a might sound a little crazy to you but it's getting to be about that time of the year again when I talk about all the squirrel hunting I'm going to do, and then get so busy that I never follow through with it. But just in case you haven't noticed, the first of July is right around the corner, meaning that old squirrel season is only a month away.

Here is the promise – again. Many days of chasing these awesome animals are ahead of me. Well, I hope so. I mean, these were my roots, chasing these varmints around with a Marlin 22 with old iron sights and a couple of smashed jelly sandwiches in my pack.

Absolutely tons of awesome memories from old timbers in little places like Ohio and Fenton, Coleta, and yes, Prophetstown as well. Ahhh, those were the days. Course they don't have to be the good old days.

Since I won't be writing again til after the holiday, happy Fourth of July to you all. Be safe and have a great time and enjoy your freedom. Go Catfish!

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