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BeDab
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05/19/2022 10:02AM  
With the late spring, what is your preference... jig and leech or minnow?
 
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NebraskaDano
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05/19/2022 10:20AM  
We always use leeches. Minnows are hard to keep alive. Unless you aren't doing much portaging leeches are much easier to transport.
 
cyclones30
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05/19/2022 12:17PM  
Leech 9 out of 10 times
 
jwettelrin89
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05/20/2022 09:50PM  
minnows Spring and Fall. Leeches second half of June through August.
 
jwettelrin89
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05/20/2022 09:57PM  
NebraskaDano: "We always use leeches. Minnows are hard to keep alive. Unless you aren't doing much portaging leeches are much easier to transport."
Minnows are a lot of work or downright impossible when the water gets warm, but when water temps are 60 degrees or lower minnows become a lot more resilliant. If you're going in July or August forget minnows. 90% of them will die on the first day no matter how many times you change the water.
 
jlw034
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05/21/2022 11:37AM  
Salted shiners for jigging, leeches for live bait rigging. Best combo.
 
missmolly
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05/22/2022 08:02AM  
jlw034: "Salted shiners for jigging, leeches for live bait rigging. Best combo."

Do you use a salted shiner on a bare jig or a jig with plastic or hair?
 
jlw034
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05/22/2022 11:08AM  
missmolly: "jlw034: "Salted shiners for jigging, leeches for live bait rigging. Best combo."


Do you use a salted shiner on a bare jig or a jig with plastic or hair?"


Either/or.
 
Savage Voyageur
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05/22/2022 11:33AM  
Jig and a leech is my go to.
 
05/22/2022 11:40PM  
leeches- leeches - leeches. Too much good experience with them compared to something like 'GULP' that imitates a minnow very well or even the real thing in a minnow-- but nothing does a leech movement --- try hooking one -- and then look at it in the water=== under a bobber. my two cents
Leeches for Eyes- Minnows for everything else.
 
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