Thanks everyone all of your advice is very appreciated!
We use alot of "sours" in the spring and do good but this time of year they prefer fresh first but will hit frozen too. If the fish get too mushy try the heads, we save all of our bluegill etc heads when we dress fish. Local lake one night I caught 8 channel off the same shad head. Marinating is always a good idea and wont hurt but its questionable some times of the year if its worth it. Fresh blood and chicken in particular really gives any bait a whomp. Heres another chicken breast recipe thats popular around here, chunk the cheapest chicken breasts you can find into half a golfball sized chunks and pour a package of grape or strawberry Koolaid over it and let it sit refridgerated for at least an hour or two and overnight being best in a ziploc bag. Any bait can benefit from being kept cool or on ice while your fishing. Good Luck
Bait cheap skate.
I almost never buy bait. Castnet and hook and line is my friend. 1/4 inch mesh castnet anthama to minners. 3/8 any bait fish that swims is game from 4 inch shad to 20lb bighead carp. I also spend time just catchen bait nuthen eles just bait then freeze it up fresh. One reason why I got 100lbs of mooneye in the bait freezer right now lol. Pick up worms after a rain ect. Ya just cant beat fresh bait or well taken care of frozen bait.
ive found that frozen bait works way better for me in the winter and especially in the spring. i was told by an old river rat that frozen bait mimics fresh kill in cold water wich is what they mainly forage on since they are easy to catch and the cats are lethargic. just my 2 cents.........