“Bait” as opposed to “lure” narrows the selection down considerably. In Minnesota where most of my walleye experience comes from, the majority of bait fishermen restrict their bait choices to leeches, nightcrawlers, and one of several minnow options. More often than not, they fish these selections combined with a lure….the lead headed jig. Rigged with a sliding sinker system called the “Lindy Rig” after the Lindner boys (Ron & Al) from IN/Fisherman Magazine and TV/Radio fame who perfected the method, leeches and ‘crawlers could also be offered on “floating” jig heads that kept the offering up and off the bottom where ‘eyes could see it easier. The lead versions could be suspended beneath floats when the fish themselves were also suspended in open water. If I were pressed into having to select only one of the three choices, I think I would opt for the minnows, and ONLY because they are more visible than a leech and will stay on the hook better than a worm. But when I seriously go searching for the best eating fish in freshwater, I am going to take all three baits just to be on the safe side. You know what they say, right? “Better safe than sorry?” Good luck and good fishin’…..
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