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lambdebois
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« on: July 31, 2008, 05:55:01 PM »

I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on what bait to use in a minnow trap for baitfish/minnows.

Bread seems to work best so far

I tried dog food but it attracted the crawfish

Thinking about peperoni or leftover kfc chickin wing bones besides the given beef liver for craws but really not sure what to use to attract minnows/baitfish without attracting crawfish? Huh?

Any suggestions?

I have heard saltine crackers work better than bread......
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2008, 10:10:41 AM »

You know I was wondering. I was watching a show lastnight and they said they use that cheese in a can to feed the fish suba diving.  And I have used cheese baits before. I wonder if that of a chese byproduct would work? HHMMM.. Have to look into that one.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2008, 11:50:33 AM »

Very interesting....

I guess you mean...like "easy cheese"? or some of those "cheese flavored marshmallows"

Hmm maybe some kind of cheese bread like asiago... Cheesy

I wonder how I'd keep the cheese from dispersing through the wire mesh of the trap.... Maybe wrap it in a salmon egg net thing.....


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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2008, 01:03:11 PM »

I think for minnows its more about location isnt it?  Placing the trap where the minnows will swim and then its one way in no way out type thing... always bought my minnows so not really educated on this thou.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2008, 01:24:02 PM »

Yeah that's a good point.   

I used it at the local pond by my house with bread where the smaller fish were swimming and had little guys all around it for at least a couple hours and when I went back they were all still swarming it but all must of been to wary to swim in. Maybe leaving it longer would help.

Im Missouri at a particular stream.... I'd catch tons of glass minnow and occasionally a small gill, baby small mouth, or red eared sunfish. They just didn't seem as afraid to swim in. The stream was even full of craws which were great for the smallies in the steam but they never went in the trap that I remember.

It's funny how it's the minnow trap with the 1 inch hole instead of the craw trap but It still fills up with monster craws if I put anykind of meat/fishhead/dogfood in an area they are.

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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2008, 11:36:44 AM »

I'm gonna try some saltine crackers and see how that works.... Maybe even put a little easy cheese between two crackers after what you said Mntman44. I should probably stay away from the bacon flavor one though if I wanna find a way to attrack minnows also...

I also read a study where I remember the second most successful thing besides saltine crackers  for fat head minnows was "Ivory Soap"! I would think a soap bar wouldn't be the best thing to add to the water in a small pond though....
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2008, 11:46:16 AM »

Good Luck let me know how it goes.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2008, 11:57:30 AM »

Went to King Soopers and grabed some saltine crackers and some cheddar easy cheese...we'll see....

Then later I'll throw it in the local pond with the appropriate labeling required by the Dow and try and hide it from anyone seeing it best I can....


Another tip I have learning when using it in river/streams in Missouri.... Put a heavy enough rock in it so the current won't push it down river.... Also unlike trout minnows usually face down current so have your trap openings facing up and down current as opposed to sideways with the entry hole pointing toward the banks....


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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2008, 12:45:02 PM »

I'm thinking about how to keep the cheese in the trap....  Maybe fill one of those catfish things with it and tie it so it stays in the middle of the trap as opposed to floating around.

Hmm


Hope craws don't like cheese also...lol    I want minnows/bait fish this time...  Cheesy

Okay.. I got it figured out how to keep the cheese in the middle of the trap.... Wonder how long it will stay or if it will be come to soluble and disperse out of the catfish thing I used?... I'd try and get pictures later hopefully worth some bait fish in it....




I figure I'll try the cheese first in honer of mntman44 and then if that doesn't work the saltines crackers or maybe both depending on what I see in the bait fishes interests....

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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2008, 03:15:55 PM »

Another thread I came across searching th net with other suggestion and some the same...

http://brotherhood-of-catfishermen.com/catfish/messages/66/610342.html

And a discussion thread on the BPS forums...

http://forums.basspro.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=007046

ANd then a thread where this guy says this....

"i use a minnow trap baited with cornmeal in a small stream near my house..it's just deep enough to cover the trap...most minnows i got at one time was around 200...long day fishing :)try cornmeal in a pantyhose tied to the middle of the trap"

Panty hose huh? LOL.... I can just see myself explaining this one to the walmart employee or better yet the girl I've been dating....

And this guy says this....." Ive got two minnow traps, one in black plastic and one in metal. The metal one outproduces the plastic one every time. Usually I just catch bluegills but I think thats because of the pond. For bait Ive found that crackers work better than bread for me."

This guy adds...."I prefer the silver metal traps over the black ones, they always catch me more chubs. I like to cut an onion up and put in the trap this worls great!"


Then this guy talks some on the subject....

"Using a clear plastic minnow trap baited with saltine crackers makes catching the shiners easy. Use an entire square tube of saltines. Before you open the tube crush the crackers. Open the tube and pour the crushed crackers into the trap. Place the trap in the water with the funnel end facing downstream. The crackers will drift out a little, which is good. The shiners will feed moving upstream following the cracker crumb trail into the trap. Leave the trap in the water about 30 minutes and you'll have all the minnows you need for the day.
http://www.whiteriver.net/articles/minnows.htm

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« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2008, 09:35:33 PM »

Well after putting a bunch of KFC scraps and steak scraps at my local pond trying to get a few more crawfish and low and behold when I pulled it out two lil 1-1.5" baby gill or sunfish were in it... I meant to take a pic for kicks but completely forgot.

I'm starting to think certain baits are better but the location is the most important...

Mntman44, I went back an hour ago and thew it in at those rocks at the one place I caught a bunch of craws last time.

Gonna go back in an hour or so and see how many if any more craws I get....


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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2008, 12:40:43 AM »

no luck on the minnows yet?  I still think chicken liver is the best craw bait there is... the blood really brings them in.
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2008, 07:21:09 AM »

I'm making another trap out of two liter soda bottles...

Here's the link... Pretty Much a free trap.... It is not glass like the mason gars so used to use that can break.

http://www.boyslife.org/workshop/minnows.pdf





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