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Old 08-05-2007, 08:52 AM
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Default Netting Reservoir Bait

I can find bait in saltwater. However, I don't know the first place to look for shad, herring, or any other baits in lakes. I've heard that you can find them up in the creeks, but can you spot the schools? Are you simply blind casting with the net? Around docks with lights?

I'm specifically fishing Lake Anna in Northern Virginia. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:31 AM
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Are you blind casting with the net?
For the most part Yes, unless you visually see them. There is nothing more beautiful than making a couple of throws and having enough bait for the entire outing. Then again somedays you have to throw the net till your arms fall off.

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I heard you can find them up creeks?
Absolutley, Creek arms are great places to search. A few other places to hunt for them are, ramps, causeways especially around bridge columns because algae blooms on the concrete which attracts plankton. Below dams are herring magnets as well.

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Around docks with lights?
Around docks anytime day or night can put shad in your net. Just remember when throwing a net in the dark, Just remember to turn your lights off before you throw your net as they will spook from the sight of the net.
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Old 08-08-2007, 12:57 PM
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Here in Iowa .... It's illegal to possess LIVE Gizzard shad in your boat. Even though the lake is full of them.
The thought on this is " Some lakes can not support shad AND pan fish !" ...This is a feeble way of trying to control populations.
I hear some do use live shad that they have netted from the same lake ,but still understand it to be illegal in Iowa.
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Old 08-09-2007, 06:35 AM
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I'd catch some panfish then, sunnies etc and use them. If it will fit in the mouth of a striper it should work, and they got some big mouths.
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:08 PM
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I'm specifically fishing Lake Anna in Northern Virginia.
How would possesion restrictions in Iowa have any bearing on a Virginia lake?
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:22 AM
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How would possesion restrictions in Iowa have any bearing on a Virginia lake?
Because the thread name is "Netting Reservoir Bait " .....
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Old 08-11-2007, 04:50 PM
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Thanks everyone. I actually did see some shad at the ramp (when I was leaving, of course). I've used bluegills before, but have seen that they are mush less effective than shad. Last weekend in North GA, the stripers were taking dead shad over live bluegills.
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