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SpecialK

Shiners?

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Does anyone know if there are any available in the south metro? My buddy and I have been looking all over for them. I can only find Crappie, Fatheads and suckers.

Any info would be great.

Thanks.

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No one has them. Per bait store guy I talked to on Sunday - Due to the no bait across state line, summer drought and winter kill... no one in this state has them. If you find some email me:) j/k

I know - SUX!

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Bah! That was what I was hearing as well. I do hear mythical tales of them being found in places like Waconia and such, I am just not sure it's worth the drive...

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I still have about a dozen or so in my fish tank. Sound like i may be lucky to have them.

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essentially most of the metro and minnesota is out of them... BUT my cabin in WI has them! thats the only place i can find them... this happens almost every year... the bait stores run out of shiners mid way through the winter...

Good luck in your search

Later,

Ryan

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We had them at Upper Red 2 weeks ago if you don't mind the long drive!

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went to a bait shop in lakeville and they were out of em' and the guy said they will not be getting any more.

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 Originally Posted By: SpecialK
Bah! That was what I was hearing as well. I do hear mythical tales of them being found in places like Waconia and such, I am just not sure it's worth the drive...

Cant find them in waconia!

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From what I hear at Frankies and Blue Ribbon is that the DNR won't let them bring them into the state.

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I got some in Prior Lake in late December. Didn't get anything on the ones I used so I dont miss them too much.

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Frankies has them. Chisago for those that may not know. I believe they catch their own.

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Chisago? Ah man - that is a drive from EP. But thanks for sharing.

I guess that whole state line deal is because of spiny water fleas?? I dunno for sure. I suppose I could go and check the DNR site.

I couldn't find anything on the DNR site about minnows and state lines, but that doesn't mean it's not there. Ugh, fatheads it is.

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OK, I will clear this up. The reason you can not find shiners in MN is because the WI DNR will not allow minnows to cross state lines right now because of the threat of the new VHS disease found in many of the minnows. Until they know more about the disease, they are being very careful not to contaminate other lakes and bait tanks. Once they get a lot of the issues cleared up with VHS, they will take the import ban off. I am dealing with the DNR a little bit over in WI with this issue right now in my job. It sucks, but this VHS thing could possibly be very serious.

GoggleEye

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Thanks GoggleEye - no way would I want to contribute to the spread of VHS.

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Thanks for the info GE! DO you have any links that I could do more research on VHS? I would like learn to more about this.

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VHS is a bad deal. Last spring when it was discovered in Wisconsin many were forecasting just this, a shortage of bait and a premium price for bait.

Have heard some are buying 5 gallons of shiners in WI and then bringing them across state lines for retail sale. Rumors only at this point.

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It's a long drive but the cenex station in pine river on 371 says he'll have them all season!c63

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I work at Gander Mountain in EP we have been out of shiners for about three weeks. We won't see anymore till later this year.

Pat

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it has been against the law for the import of shinners in this state forover 20 years. the dnr is just enforcing the law more becuase of the diseases out there . i have been dealingwith a trapper that has been in business for over 50 years and my information comes from him .. one of the problems is the dnr uses the good shinner lakes for rearing walleyes. thus killing the lakes for trapping.. again this comes straight from my trappers mouth . so if you ever had a doubt this is some of the reasons .

now i used to purchase from another supplier and he imported them from arkansas all last year . i just checked with my trapper i may have a coupleof gallons in a week or so ,, trapped from our lakes .

fish on holdemtwice

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Yeah, for the longest time most of the shiners came from AR. Then there sure weren't too many shortages, although they were still expensive.

Public waters for private industry or public waters for public fish stocking? The walleye ponds will win out every time. Private waters for bait or gamefish? That all depends on the market...You'd have to think that there would be more guys raising bait fish if there is this much demand....

Guess I might be buying more Gulp \:\)

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Was out yesterday and surprisingly enough Wayzata Bait & Tackle had some Emerald Shiners, not really big ones, but the Tonka Walts seemed to like them last night!! ;\)

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Went to Joe's tonight and said they done for the season... What's going on here???

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What is the next best? Flatheads,suckers,bullheads?

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Al's True Value in Prior Lake has alot of shiners

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