I have several different baits for different scenarios. So here it goes.Duo Realis Pencil 110
First and foremost, you can make quick work and get a limit by going for the ones on top. Usually the ones on top are the smaller ones but that's not always the case. I like this bait for my topwater approach. I get more bites on this walking baits because the rattle sound is unique. There's just something about it that works better. Strike King Premier Plus Spinnerbait
I fished with a guide in Arkansas about 10 years ago that gave me one of the best tips I've ever gotten. He said "whenever the schooling action dies down just a tad, throw a bleeding/white colored spinnerbait." So whenever the schooling action isn't quite at it's peak but definitely not dead, I throw a bleeding/white spinnerbait. I suggest you throw it out, let it sink about 2-3 feet and reel it back with a medium retrieve. It works like a charm. Yamamoto Senko 5"
Alright, this is something different and it's one of my secrets. A lot of guys like to throw a fluke out there and let sink just a tad. Those fish have seen a lot of flukes, so I switched to a senko and have continually caught quality fish. I throw it weightless on a 3/0 hook, let sink down about 2-10+ feet (depending on how deep the bigger fish are), and then I begin to twitch it like a fluke. One key I need to tell you is to throw something completely different than the color of shad. Those fish are so keyed in the real bait that throwing something like a chartreuse color will work a lot better.Strike King Sexy Spoon
And finally, for the bigger fish below the school, I throw a flutter spoon. I throw it out and let it sink below all of the action, then I begin to rip it upwards at a fairly fast pace, then I let it fall back down again. However, most of the time they'll hit it on the initial fall. I like this particular spoon for schooling action only. The reason for that is, the vibration from this spoon is unlike any other, it's very strong. I know that when that vibration stops on an upward swing that my bait is either fouled or there's a fish on it. It really helps you detect bites.
These are my baits and tips for schooling fish. I hope this helps you out and remember, think outside the box for schooling fish.