Nearly every fishermen has a different type of bait he or she uses, and each type varies depending on the fish being hunted. One of the few types of bait most tend to agree upon is minnows--tiny fish that have little nutritional value, but work well as bait. Minnows are alive and move through the water, which attracts other fish. Before using minnows, you need the right bait to catch these little fish.
Bread is one of the more popular types of bait used to catch minnows. Minnows aren't attracted to live bait like other fish are and most of the bait used are things that you have in your own house. When using bread as bait, tear the bread into small pieces. Once you locate the minnows, simply drop the bread pieces into the water and wait for the minnows to rise towards the surface. Then scoop the minnows out with a net or bucket. Another option is to let the bread sit out overnight until it hardens slightly and dries out, then crumble the bread into crumb size pieces and drop those into the water.
Cracker crumbs are another type of bait that works for attracting and catching minnows. Using cracker crumbs is similar to using bread crumbs. Simply crush the crackers into crumbs, making sure to leave some larger pieces in the bag. Then locate the minnows in the water and sprinkle the crumbs across the surface. The minnows will come up to the top of the water to feed, which makes the fish easy to catch. As the fish feed, run a net or bucket underneath and scoop the minnows inside.
Minnows are unique fish in that occasionally you'll find bait isn't even required. These small fish tend to stay close to the top of the water, especially in more shallow areas. If the water is deeper, the fish may hide under vegetation that blocks out the sun, such as lily pads. Simply hold a fishing net with small holes and dip the net under the water, making sure to go beneath the minnows. Then pull up on the net gently and scoop up the fish before transferring the minnows into a bucket. It's also possible to use a bucket in the same manner.