I was thinking the same thing about needing bait, went out to callville last week for nada. The only fish we saw were a bunch of carp slurping on the surface.
It can be a daunting task to find fish out there especially without bait to bring them to you. Chumming can help bring them in even if you plan to use lures. Frozen bait is a hassle but this time of year it keeps a bit easier at least. I lost my cast net somewhere and haven't yet bought another .