There is a deep creek I fish not far from where I live that is a trib of the Neuse. Almost all winter long as long as the water temp doesn't get below 40 you can have pretty constant action with small channel cats. They are usually from 8 to 18 inches. Whats strange to me is in the summer you almost can't catch one in there but you can do real well on them in Main river. Where I have caught them the last two winters is 10 miles of creek from the Neuse. Where do these fish go?? Do they 1. Move up in the water column and predominately feed at night? or 2. Do they all move out into the main river?