Golden shiners are one of the most common freshwater baits. They are farm raised for use as fishing bait and are available at many tackle shops. In some lakes, creeks and ponds, golden shiners are common and can be caught with bait or small lures. They can also be caught with cast nets or seines. Their large size makes them suitable for catching pike, musky, landlocked striped bass, blue catfish, and other freshwater fish.