Took my son down to Utah Lake last night so he could get a taste of what it feels like to reel in a big fish.
Just about when the white bass start to slow down(Still had a 30+ fish night last week) the cats get more active as they move in to spawn closer to shore.
We got a rod ready with a slip sinker and some carp meat(caught on the last trip to UL) on a 5/0 circle hook. Also rigged a rod with a bobber and alternated between carp meat, shrimp, and white bass cut bait underneath. Everything under the bobber caught fish. Most weren't very far from shore. The cut bait on the bottom didn't get any action for a while, but we eventually pulled a nice eater cat in off the bottom too.
The white bass may not be on fire any more, but they are always around, and some of them are willing to cannibalize a big chunk of their own kind on a 5/0 circle hook.
The 7 Y/O graduated to a spinning rod yesterday after figuring out how to operate the reel without getting tangled(for the most part.) He was thrilled to toss a curly tail jig in between catfish hookups. He managed to pull in a tiny white bass with zero assistance from Dad, and he was more proud of that than any of the big catfish he reeled in.
Last thing he asked last night before he fell asleep is where we were going fishing the next day(today.)
Nothing better if you ask me.