We use golden shiners and suckers, seem to have a little better luck on the goldens. My son caught a 33" 10lb last weekend. I used to fish dead smelt under a float during spring for pike, season was closed all catch and release. I think alot of guys have good sucess using them with a tip-up, they really milk out and leave a scent trail. Hope this helps you out.
i use dead smelt and possibly golden shiners (if i can find them). sometimes i use the swedish hook but prefer a treble with a stinger in the tail. i put a finishing nail in the stomach to keep it upright and sometimes leave them out overnite to get a bit ripe.
i will use golden shiners over all other baits if i can find then. i like em between 4-6 inches. i have also used dead smelt in the past with good results. i will soak them overnight in the oil from sardines.
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