Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
maros91

Baiting

103 posts in this topic

I got 2 out of 3 baits out this morning. Both on private land. My help that was suppose to show up at 7 this morning decide to go and have a few last night and couldn't make it. My 3rd station is deep in public land and I need an extra hand. I think I will hold off baiting this one until Aug. 24th or later. 1st station consist of donuts, trail mix, dog food, licorice, chocolate and some blueberry and bacon spray. 2nd station consists of donuts, trail mix, dog food, licorice, gummies, and berry patch bear bait. 5 gallon bucket of grease, 18lb blueberry scent ball hanging from a tree, and blueberry and bacon scent spray. I was going to take pics but forgot the camera. Lets use this post to tell if your baits have been hit or not.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

biff- if ya need help give me a holler and i could lend a hand to ya......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yea went out to my site, what a nightmare. I got to my trail head an would'nt ya know, large tree fell across, oh well, get through that one, ten yard an another tree fell across the trail, Ok, no problem, Hm Hm Hm do de do, another, an another 4 trees fell across my trail, not fun. I decend down into the river bottom an look at my stand, I leave it up, private land. I have a two seat ladder stand with gun rest, an about where my neck would be sitting down, the 12 in popple had snapped clean off, got lucky nothing happend to the stand but it could have been way worse. So here I am putting my crib together an filling it with doughnut pizzas molasses feed mix spayed some hickory scent all over, I soon realized I dont have a tree limb to hang my bacon ball anywheres near the site except one on the opposite side of the crib out of shooting lane. well i had to opt for that one an really have to try an bait the side of the crib nearest the shooting lane which I do any way but I'm afraid he might favor the side nearest the bacon ball. When I hunt I'll have to leave niblets on the shooting side. A little niblet trail that'll lead him into the shooting lane. Anyway I'm just glade to baiting, I'ts been a long year an waiting. Good luck guys. Boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Ozzie but I'll let my cousin take the long walk with a couple heavy buckets into the thick swamp and see if he needs any help. You bear hunting this year?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Boys,

I agree, it's good to be getting out there again. Bear hunting is always the kick off the season for me. I headed up to the hunting shack on Friday and I spent all day Saturday (today) laying out 6 baits. I've got two cameras out so hopefully I'll be posting some pictures next weekend. I hope this cool weather continues!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Checked the baits today and was 0-3. It's only been 2 days. I will check them on Tuesday again. Anyone ever put bait out in the morning and pull it in the evening? Sounds like a swell way to get a bear to come in during daylight. I think I might do this since I pass one of my baits everyday on the way to work. Where abouts you hunting Hubercita?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have pulled my baits if the bear have been hitting late but not until I have the baits going.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Baited Fri, whent camping Sat. afternoon, check my site today Sun. An the place was tore up. Yeaaa! Bear got my scent ball. Booooo! Might get another one, but I dont know, The bear knows where the site is, but i was hoping to try an pull in multiple bears via the scent ball, cause I'd like to take two for no quota. Would you guys buy another if ya coulds afford it? Boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

HL- I will start doing the morning/afternoon thing once my bait starts getting hit.

Boar- I would get another one if you could afford it. I got mine hanging about 10ft off the ground. Like you stated before about no good trees to hang it in the same applies to me. I got it hanging on a big piece of brush. It's a decent spot but if the bear wanted to he could knock the brush over and get it. I may have to switch it. I will check my baits tomorrow after work.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Got 4 baits out on Sat. 1 got hit immediatley, but looks like wolf more than bear, logs were barley moved and apples were let there. Hope to get a track in the next day or two. We are usiong primarely dogs food grease doughtnuts and fruits. After 11 years of hunting bears these seem to work the best. Good hunting to everyone!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Biff- I don't hunt bear but don't mind doing things in the woods if I have a reason......I have been interested in the baiting process and I think I might someday bait to film but I don't have a reason or desire to shoot a bear. Good Luck and like I said if you ever need a little help just give me a call......

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Checked one bait today. Nothing. This is the bait I got one at last year. This bait didn't turn on until after the season started. I don't think it is a very good spot. 60 acres or so of woods/lowlands surrounded by hayfields and cornfields. I will check the other 2 tomorrow after work. These 2 are back in a nasty swamp and should have a hit coming soon I would think.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

No logs rolled but 90% bait was gone, mabey a scooper cub but not one log disturbed. Squirel ? What ever it was took all the doughnuts, Pizzas, dogfood. Weird? I reset an was criticle on log placement so's not to have an big holes. Ordered another bacon ball should be here thursday. I think I'm I gonna cut it up in smaller chunks to use an hang these better, I would've thought no bear could gotten it, but thier resilant critters. I hung it ten feet up, but the tree I hung it in branched off in a Y an I think he climbed an either jumped for it or was able to reach out to it just enough an got a claw on the mesh bag an droped to the ground with his weight bringing it down with him Oh well. I'm gonna try an use some chunks of the new one to use a a bacon burn too. Later boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Started on Friday afternoon and i wasn't too sure if the 2 bait sites i had found the weekend before would hit so i tried a bucket of doughnut and bread cover in suger and molasses per site. I also had hung a bottle of left over grease on each site. I check on Saturday morning and was 0/2. confused.gif I decided to wait another day, thinking one day was too soon and on Sunday both site was hit. laugh.gif That day i put doughnut, bread, dog food, cookies, cooking grease, and to top it all up with syrup on both site. I'll be checking it up on Wednesday. I'll post more on my 2 sites on Wednesday. cool.gif Good luck with everyone's bait site.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We put 10 baits out last Friday. Had 4 hits on Saturday & three on Sunday. Two on Sunday were hit the previous day. Hopefully we can keep them coming in. Been using primarily Apples, oats, oil, & some fish guts. I got some carp in the freezer I think we'll put out this weekend. Anyone used them before? I imagine they will start smelling pretty good later in the week. laugh.gif

Good Luck everyone!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Checked my other two baits tonight. Nothing. About 100 bees found my scent ball. What do you guys think of soggy bait from the rain? Take it out and put dry stuff in or what. Dog food and donuts looked pretty mushy. Any thoughts? Natural berry's are everywhere I looked.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I always replace sggy bait with fresh stuff after a rain, scatter it around the site or whatever, I just like the use the freshest bait available at all times. He who with the best bait wins. Lots of berries around huh? Tough to pull them off that, the way I see it why go to someone elses fridge when yours is full. Last year when the acorns fell hard by the billions I should have held off baiting tell bear, deer, squirls had taken care of them, I had depleted to much bait time an gas an had to stop at the end of Sept. I should have hunted hard the last two weeks of the season. A lesson learned. Just something to keep in mind when it comes to the bears natural forage when there is an over abundance of it. I see no signs of mass acorns around here an the berries are all burnt off so I should have a good bait season up here. I'll be checking my site tomorrow the thursday me an the family are heading for four days on a little trip, I have a guy helping out but it is gonna drive me nuts till I get back. Boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I checked the baits I put out for my dad and brother and 1 out of the 3 were hit. The one that was hit was completly tore up and all the bait was gone. They seemed to really like the peanut butter I stuck on a log, has he almost chewed the log in half. They even started digging a hole where the grease was. There looks to be a few bears coming into the bait, judging by the tracks. They also tried to eat the ribbons I had on the trees, to mark my trail to the bait ( I must have had some grease on my hands when I tied them up). I put up the camera and hope to get the pics posted when I get back on friday. Unfortunatly my bait in the no quota area by St.Cloud wasn't hit but I did find fresh tracks a couple hundred yards from the bait. I going to check that bait tomarrow and pick up my memmory card from the cuddeback, there should be some good buck pics on it( I hope).

Good luck baiting!!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I use to get some frosting in 5 gallon pails from a bakery and pour over the logs on top of my bait. Man would those bears rip those logs apart.

Those bears must have had a sticky muzzle after all that frosting and probably a belly ache for sure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I will replace the bait on Wednesday morning before work. The scent ball is doing it's part. I can smell that thing from a mile away! Need some bears to co-operate.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Can anyone tell me where one could get these scent balls?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yepper, bearscents Make them, and you can add the w's an (Contact Us Please) com to bearscents to access their website. Try the bacon ball. Boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Boar I think I can find em, in spite of (contact us please) confused.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We went out Saturday the 18th and got our 9 baits out, just got back from checking and rebaiting and all 9 sites were just hammered! I have never seen destruction like that. According to trail timers 3 of the sites were hit in the first 4 hours! I've never had the problem of trying to decide which of the 9 the 3 of us hunting will concentrate most on or if it will be a game time decision? I know the 1st cannot get here quick enough! Gook luck to all!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, check out my 2 bait site today and nothing. frown.gif It looked the same way the same day i left it. confused.gif Don't know if there is still too much food source for them right now or it might just be the weather. crazy.gif I just added some more apple scented gel to the logs and around the area. Will check it out again on friday and if it doesn't get hit by then, then i'm planning to move it. mad.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Chill62
      Fished this weekend around Vergas for Tuilibees and ice conditions were loking good till sunday mid day.  The public access are getting chewed up quickly and PLEASE use caution going onto a lake if you are driving.  The next 24 hours will not be friendly for our accesses and sadly if someone is going to fall through it's going to be right out in front of one.  I fished Big Pine on Sunday and found a hole that had been created 4" and I could shove the handle of my ice scoop down 24" without a problem.  It wasn't there when I parked 3-4 hours earlier.  Fishing in the area was slow but fish were very curious and chasing lures.  Saw a bunch of guys our chasing crappies and with how quickly they were moving they weren't having much luck.  We found them on big pine and they were very lathargic.  Saw them on camera and they were barely moving around.  Thought with the water running down the holes they'd be feeding like crazy and that wasn't the case.  We caught a decent amount of tuilibees nothing like last weekend but a ton of SMALL ones.  Few a bunch back down the holes.  I'll be hitting it hard this up coming weekend but I'm using a four wheeler to drive around and I'm hoping Wednesday-Friday morning is going to freeze up hard enough to make it safe.  I have 20-25 guys coming up for a pro staff get together so need to find lakes to try out and explore.   Tight Lines and PLEASE STAY SAFE!
    • Chill62
      Fished Big Pine Sunday afternoon.  Drove out Saturday and checked ice conditions and they looked great so decided Sunday was go.  Got there and set up for crappies and instantly had a nice fish and it wrapped up in the transducer and I lost him.  That was my highlight.  We set the house up to block the wind since the girlfriend was with and trying to make it fun for her.  When we tore down wow did the lake look different!  We found a hole that we could shove the hole of the ice scoop down  24" and it didn't hit anything.  It wasn't there when we started fishing!  Water was murky as heck and lots of floaters in the water.  Fish were LATHARGIC! saw them on camera and they barely moved through the water swimming around.  Usually we have our camera 4-5 feet away from the jig with perfect clarity not the case this weekend 4' away and we never found our spoon!  Coming off the ice the access was getting chewed up but was still passable.  People need to slow down!  We got passed by a pickup doing 30-35 twice!  We were taking it around 10 mph and was causing waves in the water.  Wont be driving back out until there is a good freeze for a while!
    • AlwaysFishing23
      It's worth a try. I found all mine right next to my house like a foot or less I did find some that were 6-7 feet away. Good luck!
    • Hawg
      I'm going to look too. Yard is wet and there should be a few around. Be a good time to try the shock method.  
    • cookie129
        Casey , Dave, Andrew and Josh rolled in Thursday and wasted no time getting unloaded and heading out to look for the elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies. They would be hitting some areas that we have done well in the past and in turn may help me  get a starting point on my quest to find the mother load. I'm kinda old school and still go by land marks and depths more then gps spots. From there you have to look for other things as they never seem to stay in one spot as they are on a quest to fatten up for the spawn. Its all about survival for fish as its eat or be eaten and make more fish. Mother nature is a amazing thing. A couple things I have noticed over the years, when you catch little walleye 8 to 10 inches that has always been a good starting point. It may have something to do with the food chain I imagine. We also seem to tie in to big pike on crappie jigs? My brother from Chicago also arrived Thursday eve so I would be hosting him for a few days as he was in old Minnesota. It was great having him here. We were able to fish together Thursday eve and also sunday evening . I even caught a couple fish for a fish fry Saturday as my good friend Boar can attest to. Warren also got to land two nice pike both on the tried and true Genze worm. Not sure why they like that little snowman shaped lure but they sure do like them tipped with a minnow. He headed home yesterday with there 6 fish so that was nice. Jim and Jake rolled into florida  Friday . They also had some friends with a wheel house Eric, Jennifer and Rick so I had a spot all plowed for them. It started off very slow for them but Saturday night sunday morning did pick up and they managed to catch a few fish. Jennifer was on fire and even landed a goldeneye that Eric would be smoking. Lance had Monatna reserved for a couple friends and they also had two wheel houses with them. Grant, Mary, Donna and  Lee. They were old friends and customers of Spider Johnsons. Lance had a 21 foot ice castle that they had stained a dark chocolate color and I really liked how it turned out.  I also killed the exterior blue of lee's house, a midnight blue. I was so disappointed in the fishing in that spot and just do not understand how 20 fish can be caught 150 feet away and narly a bite where they were. Stupid fish.  Casey and his crew did find a couple elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappies and got stuck on that area and never explored any other spots that I know of. They also managed to get plenty of walleyes in that area so were able to have a fish fry both Friday and Saturday night. The dnr were out and about both Friday and Saturday night. They come in like gang busters? I guess it makes sense to catch people cheating with unattended lines, or fishing with to many lines. I know if I see something my customers are doing wrong I do speak up. I just assume they have there licenses and always try and explain the eating fish on the lake rules. Sunday was a day to say goodbye and hustle to get Montana and florida moved and reset for Shell chick, Jeff, Marty and Shell.  My good friend boar was helping me out this weekend so we had them fishing in no time even after a 3 mile move. The hammer would be joining here sister shell chick to fish sunday eve while I would be spending time in old minesota with me brother. The hammer was up to her old tricks and landed a elusive yet still catchable upper red lake crappie. Shell chick got in to the action and also landed one, plus they also landed a few keeper walleyes. Mean while Marty and Shell less then 150 feet away could not buy a fish? Stupid fish. Mother nature turned her ugly side again sunday eve into all day yesterday except this time it was warm and rain. It was enough to spook Shell chick and Jeff to head home a day early while my good friend and ex helper Marty would stick it out there and keep a eye on the conditions and the houses. I scrambled with Jimbo"s help to get old Minnesota, north Dakota and North Carolina moved as water was starting to go down the holes making them bigger. I also had Dave and his crew coming for north Dakota. I was amazed when I went onto the lake as 99 percent of the snow was gone, yes gone, all turned to water in less then 12 hours. I'll know a lot more today as I came off the lake at 3. I did talk to Marty a couple time and every thing seems ok .Dave has not called so they also must be ok. I'll try and give a lake up date later today. I expect a lot of water has drained under the ice after seeing that water draining down the holes like a toilet being flushed. One year I came out the next day and all the water was gone in 12 hours?