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What to use for bait this weekend on LOTW

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Shiners are good, small to medium sized. Emerald shiners if you can find them. I also pick up a scoop of fatheads incase those are producing. Also, you can use the heads from the fatheads for jigging spoons too. A scoop of crappie minnows might not be a bad idea either. And then you have your maggots and Bio-Bait. You never know what the fish prefer, and its best to be prepared.

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Fatheads, Emerald shiners, Berkley Gulp or Powerbait Shiners and some Power Maggots. Only had to use maggots once but the Perch Love them on small spoons. As Matt said sometimes the eyes are finicky and want it small. Then the small fatheads and Crappie Minnows work well. Usually if they are that inactive you can still get them with a real small jig and a plastic body and head. A SLOW drop is the ticket at times.

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Stop at fred's bait in Deer River on Hwy 2. Get Perch Minnows. You get anything from crappie minnow sized to small medium fathead. They have produced the best next to small river shiners.

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Emerald shiners were the ticket for us this past weekend. We didn't catch much on Fats. You just have to try it out and see what they are preferring at the time. Sometimes it doesn't matter though. We had to keep our presentation small, but the larger emeralds did good though too. The small bright colored crappie jigs did the best (orange, pink, glow white). We got our shiners at the Angler's Pro Shop on Hwy 11 just before you come into Baudette. They looked really good. We ran out after Friday so we went down to Dana's store and picked up another couple scoops. His wholesaler ran out and had to buy them from someone else so they were a bit on the spendy side ($5.49/scoop). But you gotta pay the price I guess unless I wanted to drive all the way back into town at the last minute. An extra $1.00 a scoop was worth saving the 15 minutes there and back though.

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