Hope someone might be able to help me out with their experiences and opinions regarding river bait. For the past 10 days I've spent alot of time on the Missouri and Osage Rivers fishing. Lots of moving, scouting alot of water and fishing the usual places. Not alot of fish to show for my efforts but I know that happens. My question is regarding bait choices. For me and my area the easiest bait by far to obtain is Bluegill and Perch. I have a heck of a time finding shad on the Missouri or Osage and sometime seem to spend more time throwing my net then actually fishing. I usually have some frozen skipjack with me as well. I am usuall blessed (or cursed) with a flying asian carp in the boat on the Big Mo within a few minutes of being on the water. My main two question are: 1. Is there a huge difference between bluegill or shad? I like the bluegill because you have the option for live bait or cutbait and it stays on the hook better. However, def not as oily as shad. 2. Cut asian carp is very tough meat and stays on a hook great. I can get a huge amount of cutbait from one of them. Opinions on freezing the meat for winter time bait? Thank for the opinions and help in advance.