I mostly fish the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers. Anglers should not overlook shallow water areas on sunny days in March and April. The sun will warm up the shallow water quicker and even a few degrees difference in water temp can make a huge difference.
I have observed that the bait will generally move to the warmer water. When it does, the big fish will follow them and feed. When they do, I want to have my bait in the mix.
I generally use a Carolina-type rig with Dirty South Dragging Weights attached to the swivel and about 24 inches of hook leader with an 8/0 Rippin Lips offset circle hook attached. I might lengthen the leader in heavier current. My normal bait is shad and suckers.
I drag it very slowly. My most productive speed is .2 to .3 mph. As the water warms I find I can go a little faster. I drag using B-Kat planer boards to spread my baits out and cover as much ground as I can.