I've just moved to northwest Iowa and I was looking at the Iowa DNR website which says: Non-bait Species The following species cannot be used for bait in any inland water of the state: carp quillback gar dogfish http://www.iowadnr.gov/fish/regulations/bait.html I know that using bluegill, cut or live, is illegal in a lot of places and I was reading about a specific lake in Iowa (can't remember which lake.. Clear Lake maybe?) where using bluegill was not allowed. But that list above is from the honest-to-goodness actual DNR website. Am I to believe that if I pull up a bluegill or a crappie or a bullhead, can I cut that sucker up and use it as bait? What about in the border water of the Big Sioux? Different rules there? While we're on the subject of bait, I'm going out in a few days to a dam where the local bait shop doesn't open until 8AM so I'm getting creative for the few hours I'll have from before daybreak to when I can get some worms and maybe some stink bait. So I've crushed up some cat food, put it in a jar with a little water, and I'm going to put in a cut up hot dog and probably some halved chicken gizzards and maybe some garlic juice in there and I'll probably leave it out in the sun all day tomorrow. I wonder if that crap will work. I'm on a horrible losing streak.. I've been fishing spoons, crankbait, minnows and twister tails for whatever will bite it my last few times out. I did pretty well with them in late spring but I haven't even had a nibble for an embarrassing number of consecutive outings. I sat in a boat yesterday with a guy who caught 4 bass and still.. not even a damn nibble for me. Monday will be the first time this year I've gone out specifically for cat and I'm going to catch some god damned fish if it kills me.