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    Has anyone had success with cut crappie for blues? Just wondering. We have a lake that is full of dinks. Lake manager wants all of the crappie catch taken out of lake. I hate to just trash can them.
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    Many States Crappie are a Game Fish and Not Legal as Bait. In Louisiana Bream and Sunfish are also Protected from using for Bait..... Shad are the Primary food for Fish
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    Check your game regs closely. I think a few states allow it as long as it is included in the daily limit and used on the same waters.

    I do know some guys that fish the big rivers a lot and have inadvertantly caught crappie while fishing for other bait.

    They kept them to eat...then later ran out of shad and really wanted to keep catfishing...they said they worked good.

    You asked...there it is...you have to figure out the legality

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    Thanks guys

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    Yeah, that's illegal in my area.

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    If it's legal it will work. Personally I prefer shad.


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    If you're gonna "cut'em" anyway, and there's no size limit on Crappie at that lake ... then catch a limit of dinks & fillet them. You'll get a "tater chip" piece of meat from each side. Eat those & use the heads for your "cut bait". Just stick the hook thru the eye sockets and ..... win win situation
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    I would check for sure before I used them for bait , but to be sure you can eat lil ones head off whole and or fillet them ..my 2 cents
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    My favorite blue cat bait is the front half of a crappie. In the winter I usually keep several 9" ers in a cage in my pond and then put them in the live well to cut in half for fresh bait. Shad are not always easy to find in the winter around here.


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    crappie heads best bait I use
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