When I was a kid we used to go fishing for shiners every weekend when the family was around the water. I've been out with my own kid a few times this winter and couldn't find any shiners! I googled and it seems that over winter they go deeper or further offshore, but nothing I've found indicates when they come back to shallow water. I want to get out of the house with the kiddo and catch some shiners...anybody know when they're back in around marinas and floats? Also, what's your favourite shiner bait? I remember the best of all was the little black heart from a mussel pulled off the edge of the float, crushed by your foot, and pried out with your thumbnail. Next best was individual kernels of yellow corn. I've also seen people use herring jigs but that seems like a distant third-best.