Very popular baitfish used by all types of angler and for good reason. Golden shiners are a deep bodied minnow species with a distinctive golden olive-silver color. Their fins may appear from golden brown to orange-reddish in hue. Older fish have a more golden color while younger fish appear more silvery. This species has a distinctive scaleless strip on the underside between the pelvic fin and the anus. Also, the lateral line dips low on the sides of the fish, and there are no barbels on the mouth. The Golden shinerwill be the distinct winner when it comes to putting fish on the hook. For catching large “lunker” bass nothing works better than wild golden shiners. Crappie and catfish will also attack this bait quicker than most any other. Golden Shiners range in size from one to six inches and can be graded to customers’ request.
The fathead minnow is an ideal baitfish species for pond stocking, and due to its many positive attributes is the most recommended baitfish as a purely forage species. The fathead minnow has a thick body with a blunt head and small mouth. Fathead minnows are normally dark olive on the upper body, with a lighter silvery shade below, and have a black stripe along the middle of each side. The “rosy red” fathead minnow is orange shading to a lighter silvery orange on the lower body.
Stocking: Fathead minnows are very useful when stocked in catfish only ponds where the catfish are not being fed regularly. They are also ideally stocked into new ponds intended to be stocked with bass and bluegill.
Goldfish come in a variety of colors including red, orange/gold, white, black and yellow or ‘lemon’ goldfish.Goldfish are very hardy and withstand poor water conditions, including low dissolved oxygen.Goldfish are being used for catfish bait and a variety of sizes are available.
This is a minnow that runs approximately 250/lb. This minnow goes through a 16 grader and stays above a 14 grader.
This is our best selling minnow, a favorite of Crappie fishermen everywhere. It runs approximately 167/lb. We grade this minnow between a 19 and a 16 grader.
This minnow runs approximately 125/lb and goes through a 20 grader and stays above an 18 grader.
A long time favorite for bass fishermen. This size runs approximately 83/lb. We normally sell this minnow between a 23 and a 20 grader.
This minnow runs 50/lb. We normally sell this minnow between a 25 and 23 grader. At certain times of the year we drop to a 21 on the bottom side. This is normally in the middle of the summer when the larger sizes of shiners are in short supply
The 30# minnow has become increasingly popular in the last decade. It has also become increasingly difficult to grow. We offer 2 sizes of 30’s. One size is above a 25 grader and one is above a 27 grader with the larger fish being slightly more expensive. Potential customers should call for availability of this size shiner.
ROSY REDS AND TUFFIES
We offer both of these species in bait sizes as well as “feeder” sizes. Our bait size fish are normally graded between a 20 grader and a 14 grader. Our feeder sizes are below a 13 grader.
All of our sizes listed above are for guidelines only. We will grade to fit your needs as a customer. Just check with William and tell him what works best for you. (Prices may vary slightly with different grades)