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Bait Shops around St Cloud

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Anyone know of any good bait shops where the minnows last more then 3 days. I have gone to Stop light almost all year and im sick of there bait it keeps getting worse, last 3 days at the most. I went to mankato last week got some bait, still have it, only about 5 minnows died. Anyone get bait and Scheels? Thanks

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I get most of my bait at the BP gas station in St. Joseph. The minnows usually last for a couple weeks if you change the water every few days.

Jamie

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I would say to buy a minnow bucket that has a bubbler. Usually around 30 bucks. But minnows will last a very long time.

Eric

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Keep your minnows in the refrigerator (if you have an extra one). I've kept minnows alive for months...as long I change the water every once in awhile. What type of minnows are you buying? Fatheads won't last no matter what, but crappie minnows really love staying alive.

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I know the fathead would die fast, but even the ones i got in kato are still alive. Only problem with changing water is i cant in st cloud, tap water kills them off. What type of water could i buy for them?

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If you keep them cold in a fridge or the like you should not have to change more then once a week or so. Try to get to a lake once a week and switch it up with lake water and they will live a long time.

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Put a drop or two of an aquarium water treatment solution ( stress coat i think its called ) into normal tap water and let it sit for a few hours before adding to your minnow bucket.

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Or if you have a water dispenser with a filter on your refridgerator use that, it works for me.

I currently have a scoop of fatheads I bought Feb 16th that I never opened from the oxygen bag the bait shop puts them in and they are still thriving.

Fatheads and crappie minnows are the same species of minnow, just a size difference.

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I use to help deliver bait to stores in the st. cloud area and beyond. To be honest with you most(not all) places in the area get their bait from the same distributor. It may have to do with stop lights' tanks but i'm not certain. If I buy bait around here I usually go to stop light or the BP in Sauk Rapids. Hope this helps.

Fish On!

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Put a drop or two of an aquarium water treatment solution ( stress coat i think its called ) into normal tap water and let it sit for a few hours before adding to your minnow bucket.


Mdhmdh is right. Water quality and oxygen levels are the two things that kill minnows right away.

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