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What are the sources for live bait fish in the LARGE category. [large meaning, for example, finger size and bigger?

Otherwise, if critters other than fish, what is available for live bait and where to get it?
 

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I know of one bait shop that is on Washington that sells live baits, like suckers, crawdads, etc, but darn i can't remember the name of the place, so will ask my husband when he gets up and let you know.
 

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Koni is referring to Bill's Live Bait on 60th&Washington.It opens every day at 6am.Great place.I ve seen live suckers there up to 12 inches long! But I think they are very seasonal.
 

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None of these bait shops open early enough, but 6 AM is about the earliest riser in the Metro area that I've heard of. Looks Like I'm gonna get really palsy with Bill's & Ganders too.

I'm thinking that for big catfish, it's live bait that will work. Does everyone generally agree on that? I don't think I've heard about really big ones (over 10# ) caught on dough.
 

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well i use shrimp or i use perch or cut carp
and the last few years i have just been keeping
the cats over 10 pounds i know most people dont want
people keeping the big ones but where we fish the river and some of the ponds
the water is going to the fields or going to kansas so well its hard to put the big ones back knowing that they might just end up at the end of a field dying any way so i keep them
my family likes to eat fish
 

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Weve caught lots of big cats5-10lb on sucker meat.Cut shad works well too.
 

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you can catch some nice size wipers with just the crawdad tails. The tail by itself seems to work better for me, pill off the shell. Also fresh ones not frozen. Cats love the tail also.
 

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Just go to walmart (24hours) buy some worms head down to the lake find a shallow end, toss a line out past the shallows for catfish then rig up a bobber and small hook bait it with 1/4 of a night crawler and catch yourself a bunch of bluegills for bait.

Buying bait might want to try leeches and depending where your fishing salamandars or mud puppies, cant go wrong with minnows or shinners.
 

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epic,

:D you make catching bluegill sound easy. I haven't caught one in a Colorado res for many years. Colorado sure ain't like Indiana! ;D
 

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That may be true I havent fished for them here, in Nebraska and North Carolina you could catch about 30 or 40+ an hour just assumed a bluegill was a bluegill. I'll give it a try when things warm up and see if there is a mad technique for it here. The best thing is hooksize though use a small hook.
 

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If you are talking about Sutherland, I've fished east Sutherland lake out by Hershey before but just once. I am from Gretna so I mostly fish the dams and lakes out there, I have relatives scattered all through out Nebraska so when we would go visit we would fish mostly catfishing on the river(platte). My grandfather runs the flood gates in North Platte so before he would open them he'd let us out there to drop minnows behind them and catch some huge cats that way. I also use to work as a ranch hand out by Broken Bow near Elsmere, some great fishing out there to. Now mostly I fish Lake McConaughy as sort of a compromise the symbolic half-way point to meet up with my parents who live in Omaha and dont want to drive all the way to Colorado Springs to visit their only son. :p
 

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That's it, Bills bait shop, we get a lot of our bait there. We just buy ours the night before we go fishing, and keep them in a bucket with an aerator running.
 

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OK boys and girls...big minnows...ancient Minnesota secret...and you can do it right here in Denver...growing up as a kid...when we got tired of casting our arms off with big spoons and Rapalas for Northern Pike...we would use 6 to 10 inch shiners and chubs for Northerns...float them under a big baseball sized bobber on a big hook and sliding weight with a wire leader of course...how did we catch them?...like Epic says...a size 10 or 12 hook on light line...no split shot unless the river is raging...and a dime sized plastic bobber and 4 pound line so you can cast it...with about the size of a piece of macaroni worm to cover the hook...you can go down on the South Platte through town and catch all you want...usually they are in the deep spots below rapids...I have caught many up by riverfront by the tennis bubble at Santa Fe and Bowles...like Koni says just go the night before and put them on an air pump...chubs are a lot more hardy than the shiners...so get below a likely spot and cast upstream...Koni I have wondered if there are any in the stream that runs next to the gravel pits they opened last year where you caught the two eleven punders...
 

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I couldn't tell you what is in that river as we have not fished it yet. I know that if you go to the parking lot that sits behind the second lake, the river kinda curves there under the train track or bridge, along the walking path...it looks like it would be a good spot for fishing, but we didn't try fishing it last year, was more interested in what they had in the second lake, as we had seen some pretty huge fish jumping there.
 

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Koni, I wouldn't fish the river there due to the sewage plant further up stream releasing water into it, lot's of floaties if you know what I mean. Next time your in the area just take a wiff.
 

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fishingKats,

Don't worry about me citing the politically correct crap at ya. If you caught it, I'm not worried about what ya do with it. I hope you give your fish a big kiss though. Any fisherman without an affectionate heart is deserving of severe criticism.

About these "aerators". Is the inexpensive model sold for the bucket okay?
 
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