Re: First one
oh yes, i remember heading up to lockport before it was overtaken with zillions of people fishing.
i'd head up there with my brother and our rods (spincast) and put a yellow rubber jig and jighead on, purchased at Army/Navy Surplus (now defunct) and head off to lockport and pull out some 30lb catfish.
we took some pics and did the paperwork at one time for the trophy catfish certi, but never handed it in. not sure how safe it is up there for kids, but i'd love to take our 5y old up there and let him pull out a big cat or at least let him help me reel one in again.