St Paul? I'm not sure. On your way to Orr. 35 in Harris, MN. Has a bait shop called Fish Lake Bait. They are a regional supplier and have the freshest bait around. Shiners too. Cook, MN has a little bait shop on the eastside across from Subway, I don't know their name, but it says leeches by the pound out front. Orr, has a nice bait shop on the westside across from the Bluegill Statue. Pricy, but closer to where you are going to fish. Shiners are hard to keep alive. They start dying in only minutes, so make sure to have a bubbler in your bucket. Those little aerators are worth every penny. I hope this helps.
Really big shiners are hard to come by here in MN. I'm not sure if they grow as large here as they do down south. Suckers get plenty big though, and the Pike always seem to like them. Most of the shiners that I see in bait shops are usally average in size, not real big.
In St. Paul you are limited in options for bait shops. I've never looked at the shiner selection but you might want to try Kathy's Bait on Rice Street (about a block north of Maryland Ave, on the west side of the street). They seem to to have decent bait at a good price.
You can also try Joe's Sporting Goods. They are near Rice Street and Hwy 36, Right by the Cub Foods. I tend not to buy bait at Joes because it is alot more money than Kathy's but they may have what you are looking for.
Other than that I'm not aware of another bait shop in St. Paul.
Big shiners seem very hard to come by in the metro area. They have just gotten smaller and smaller in the the last few years. It seems the majority I get when I ask for a scoop are the size of a fathead minnow, it's crazy. I was at my cabin in Danbury this last weekend and they had nice shiners. Around 5 inches, I haven't seen them that big in several years around here.
Correct me if I'm wrong. But I believe I remember that there is a new regulation on bait shops regarding where they get their shiner minnows. I want to say that the minnows need to be raised a certain way to prevent spread of a certain disease. Might be the reason for the recent lack of shiners and small sizes.
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