I love to catfish this time of year. I use mostly live bait and go after the flatheads and large channel cats.
My favorite bait is a live, large chub and/or fallfish. Suckers are a close second. If we can not get to these we will fish with live bluegill or other perch.
For all things catfish and for local catfish tips check out the Catfish 1 forum... http://www.catfish1.com/forums/content/
Lot's of great catfish information there plus local forums.