So I've been searching for catfish on the colorado and some smaller rivers and creeks, and am new to cast netting. I've been trying to find shad for live bait, and had some luck but I don't really know what to look for.
I mostly just look for eddy's with easy access and other baitfish present so I don't mess up my cast net too bad, and it seems like a toss up whether I catch anything. Also, when I do find shad it seems like I don't get bites too often. It may also be affected by the time I am able to go usually, which is right at first light to around 10-11am. I know catfish are usually best at ~7-11pm but I can't go then.
Any advice is appreciated but especially finding shad, and morning catfishing on moving waters