I would say minnows for sure being the best bait for a kid to get a first fish. I hope you go very early when the fish are most active. Hook the minnow from the bottom lip up through the nostrils and it'll stay alive for much longer, until something hits it. I prefer #6 cricket hooks because they are smaller and longer stems. If anything bites it, very hard to spit back out and razor sharp. Lots of guys catching near the banks where it is flooded over the edges with vegatation. Like 3rdGEN said, very shallow, no weight, just minnow 1-2 ft below small bobber. They run, you yank! Good luck and happy fishing with your kids!
Edited by MrNovice (03/20/16 07:59 AM)
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