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Bait Shortage of 2020

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by CaddmannQ, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    I'm doing sierra small lake fishing, usually. But not today.

    When fishing was closed due to the covid crisis, stores could not sell bait, and the supply died off somewhat.

    Now the lakes opened all at once and there is no bait to be found. Normally I am buying 6 tubs of worms a week just to feed pet fish, plus bait on hand to go fish.

    Now, I've found nothing for two weeks. The suppliers had cut back, and it takes time to grow them worms.

    So how has the supply been where you live? Are you raising your own bait. Rubber worms? Lures only fishin?
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  2. John A.

    John A. I'm "THAT" guy Staff Member Global Moderator Moderator

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    I always dug my own worms. Usually found underneath of old cinderblocks, rocks, fallen trees. Under garbage cans at the garbage bin is a GREAT spot to find worms. There is never any shortage there.

    Minnows get in the trap.
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  3. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Damn, first it was toilet paper, then ammo, now worms. This pandemic has so many ways to interrupt our lives. Is there nothing safe ?
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  4. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    It looks like some bait is back for sale. I was able to buy red worms and mealworms. No crawlers.
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  5. nitesite

    nitesite Average Guy Moderator "Philanthropist"

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    Are you permitted to seine minnows in streams and creeks? Or is there some CA law against it?
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  6. ripjack13

    ripjack13 Resident Sawdust Maker Staff Member Administrator Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Theres a bait shop 5 miles from me. He never closed up. He says unless its a law he's not following the dumbass guvnas suggestions.

    He's got everything still stocked. So I'm good.

    I get night crawlers from my yard. There's a ton around me. Hence why the moles are tearing up my lawn.
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  7. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Some places you can, but access is limited. Remember this is basically the desert.
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  8. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Around here gardeners buy worm castings, worms and beneficial insects. There's not enough.
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  9. meanstreak

    meanstreak .30-06 Supporter "Philanthropist"

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    Is the bait supply coming back yet ?
  10. JCinPA

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  11. CaddmannQ

    CaddmannQ 12g Supporter

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    Yes, the bait supply is recovering.

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