In 2018, anglers can expect fair to good success fishing for most species as indicated in electrofishing samples. Fishing for black bass species (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass) should remain good on most stretches, with good numbers of bass 12 inches long, and a fair number of bass over 15 inches. Spotted bass numbers can be very high on the lower river and with the liberal daily limit of 12 fish and no length limit, anglers have the opportunity to take home several meals. Flathead catfish and channel catfish numbers and sizes should be fair to good in 2018 as well, with many fish over 16 inches available. They can be caught using limb lines, set lines, and trotlines. Live sunfish usually work best for flathead catfish; nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and stinkbaits are good for channel catfish. Suckers are abundant and giggers should have a good season, when the river is low and clear enough to identify fish properly. Fishing for crappie should be fair in the many deep, slow moving pools with woody cover.