Preserved shad and shiners for walleye and pike?

  • Profile photo of brook100brook100
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    #1358922

    I picked up some preserved gizzard shad and shiners out of the catfishing section at fleet farm. I figured they might be worth a shot to try on my tip-ups for pike and walleyes this winter. Has anyone had success trying this? and I do fish the St. croix river so I believe Shad should be practical for that situation.

    Profile photo of Brian KlawitterBrian Klawitter
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    Lakeland, MN
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    #1366285

    Hope they work better for eye’s and pike then they do for sturgeon and catfish.

    Even channel cats stick up their noses to the wood like shad.

    Profile photo of bronzbakbronzbak
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    Long way from home
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    #1366289

    Walleyes won’t touch them! Pike will eat anything late ice so you might be in luck there!

    Profile photo of MudsharkMudshark
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    #1366301

    Quote:


    Walleyes won’t touch them! Pike will eat anything late ice so you might be in luck there!


    X2

    Profile photo of nhammnhamm
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    Champlin
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    #1366306

    X2 on not even cats will eat them. Tip ups seem as the only option BC taking them out of package they were very fragile and didn’t hook very well.

    Profile photo of IceAsylumIceAsylum
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    avatarhntfsh09
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    #1366374

    My last year of college I started ice fishing ‘eyes in a small river in Iowa. Live bait was not readily available locally so I stocked up on the preserved shiners and flatheads when I could and used them to tip jigging lures. They did better than no bait and when we did get fresh bait I didn’t notice a difference between preserved or fresh heads. Keep in mind though, those Iowa ‘eyes didn’t get much pressure through the ice…

    Profile photo of brook100brook100
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    Stillwater, Minnesota
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    #1366388

    I will have to test it out. These baits definitely will have the scent to draw in some fish. Seeing if they will take it will be another thing.

    Profile photo of Brian KlawitterBrian Klawitter
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    Lakeland, MN
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    #1366406

    I can’t talk about shinners…just the shad.

    Take a bite out of one, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

    If you’ve bought them already….good luck.

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