fishing tip

Catch your live bait in advance

When you are planning to fish with live bait, make it a priority to catch your baitfish before you start your session. Either head out and catch a bunch of shiners, roaches, or shads a day or so in advance or plan a few extra hours before you start fishing for pike just to catch those baits. In either case, you can keep them alive in a big bucket or container filled with fresh, cold water and a small oxygen pump. During your session, you can store your live bait in a keepnet as well. Do not make the mistake and try to catch your baits while you’re pike fishing. While this approach can work at times, more often than not, you will end up with no baitfish at all! It’s really not worth the risk if you are not 100% certain that you will manage to catch enough baits during your session.