Grass Shrimp for Bait
Grass shrimp are one of the least known baits. They make excellent bait for catching pan fish, perch, or other small fish and are extremely effective in either freshwater, brackish rivers, or saltwater. They are common in most saltwater estuaries but live grass shrimp are generally not available from tackle shops or other bait suppliers.
Grass shrimp can be caught with baited minnow traps, by seining, or by dip netting around rocks, clumps of seaweed, or other structures. When live grass shrimp are unavailable, frozen or freeze-dried shrimp are sometimes used as a substitute.
Although small and hard to obtain, these baits can be incredibly effective. In freshwater, they catch sunfish, crappie, white perch, yellow perch, and other species. They work especially well during the winter, when freshwater species are found near the bottom. They are also useful in saltwater for catching tidal white perch, spot, pigfish, and other bottom feeders.
Frozen grass shrimp are occasionally used for catching winter (blackback) flounder. When winter flounder are located, anglers chum with shrimp, corn, or other foods while drifting rigs baited with grass shrimp or other baits.