I don't know about the rest of you but I never froze very good bait this year,and am about out of that. So we have been at a lost to catch shad since the lakes we usually catch them in are frozen over, and we cannot find them in the river the last few times out. Drew went to the spillway last week where the water was not froze but could not catch any thing but crappie and blue gills in the net,which we all know we are not allowed to keep since they were caught in a net not by sporting means (did not want to field the legal posts I know you all were going to throw at me when you read that). Any way Drew happened to go around the spillway at this lake and on the other side there is a back wash that fills when water is high , but the ice on this water was very thin with some places melted off, I would suppose by the rising and falling water with the snow melt. Through the holes there were thousands of shad swimming around, we now have enough bait to at least get us through till the ice goes off the lakes. Just thought that this might help some of the others on here fill their bait needs.