Be careful on if they are bass fishing. I do lot of crappie fishing this time of year. I never use minnows. I am always casting. I use small spinners and jigs or jig and a grub. Course I might catch a few fish that are in close season but you can do that with a minnow. I have been turned in more than once by other fisherman. Never had issue when the wardens make a special trip out to me. People ask me when I tell them I got checked again why I fish that way, and cause myself the hastle. It's the only way I like to panfish. I do it all open water season.
edit: I wish I had a dollar for every time a fisherman told me bass season is closed. I also make sure I have nothing in the boat that could be considered a bass lure.