Although I have numerous favorite baits, one of my all-time favorites is a nice fresh grasshopper. I've been using them as bait all of my life. In the summer, when there are lots of grasshoppers available, I'll go out and catch a jar full of them before I go fishing. We own a stock tank that is about 4 surface acres of water and contains channel cats, bass, crappie, and perch. When nothing else seems to be working as bait, I can always count on a grasshopper to get a quick bite. I've been using them as bait for about 40 years now and I don't know of any species of freshwater fish that won't instantly try to devour a nice fresh grasshopper that is offered as bait. The big yellow ones, about 2 1/2 inches long, seem to be particulary enticing to fish. It's not often that a grasshopper will last me for more than one cast....something will snatch it up quick!