Brett: if you can't get shad Perch are working very well at PK. I find I can get a dozen or so pretty quick at any boat ramp. You can use a throw net or just catch them with a small hook and worms. You wont need as many perch. Perch are so tough they seldom die in a minnow bucket and never in a bait tank. Plus many times they survive the striper attack and you can fish with them twice.
Caught this fish yesterday using Perch for bait. I've gotten some limits on PK doing that as well. Y'all are just down river so I doubt things are much different at Whitney.
John 21:3 Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee.