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What is the best way to catch leeches. What type of trap and bait work best. Also when is the best time to put the trap out?? Any advice would be appreciated!!

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When we were in Canada, I looked at what the local boys used. They had some thin gauge sheet metal folded over and tied on the edges with wire. Put a piece of meat in it and throw it in a pond. Pull it out and you have leeches inside.

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A coffee can with some small holes drilled in it, a gunnie sack works too.Just place some wieghts in them and a long rope add some liver and toss it in.
The leaches crawl inside eat the liver blood and get to fat to get back out.

A pond with no inlet or outlet work best but most ponds hole some leaches.
Benny

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I always used a coffee cn with a rock and a fishhead in it, pinch the top almost all the way down on the can and throw it in a marshy area in a lake and let it sit over night. Pull it out the next morning before the sun finishes coming up. then put them in a small bucket of water and let them sit, supposedly the ones that are best for fishing will not climb out of the bucket.

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Bobb-o,
Speaking of climbing out of a leech bucket... I caught a fish on Tetonka that must have has "the other kind" of leech on it. This two inch leech was brown and wider and flatter than thosewe fish with. It had suckers on both ends and could "inch-worm" straight up the side of the livewell, and out on to the floor of the boat.
When I turned the leech over it had several hunders baby leeches attachec to its stomach... looked like a "Medusa". Wild looking. Kinda scary looking. I threw it overboard.
I heard using a tote-sack /potato-sack / gunnie-sack with a dead chicken inside was a sure fire leech trap... leaving it in the pond for several days.
Catch'n
Dave Hoggard
Catch-N Tackle Co.

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All the above mentioned things will work to catch them in. most leach trappers get up and check there traps early in the morning as the leaches will tend to leave the trap or food as the sun comes up.also you do have to be in the right area of the state northern half with the nw being the prime area. some come and go in the lower part of the state but as a rule they are rare in the southern half of the state. good luck.

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Im from Central Saskatchewan and there are hundreds of leeches in our sloughs and pond ponds. I just have never tried to catch them.

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Up at Kab I used a minnow trap with a pike head in it.

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