Pat and Bill van Camp of Big Catch on Niagara Street are calling it quits. Back in 1976, Bill and Pat van Camp moved to the Riverside section of Buffalo and decided to open a bait and tackle shop – Big Catch on Niagara Street. They had $500 and bought as much tackle as they could to get the business…
Stopping into a bait shop for a scoop of crappie minnows, shiners or fathead minnows is a Minnesota tradition. But supplying those bait shops has become increasingly more difficult as invasive species infest more lakes and minnow waters have disappeared or been transformed into rearing ponds.
Lake Erie anglers settling for goldens right now.
It pits bait shops blocked from importing the minnows and fisheries managers who say the ban is a critical defense against fish disease and invasive carp.