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Minnow Traps


Wayne Sieber

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I know this has been a topic before, but I was wondering what your favorite "bait" is for the standard cone minnowtrap and also how to postion/present the bait? Any suggestions on depth of water to place the trap would be helpful. Thanks!

FD

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I posted a similar question a while ago... i tried this weekend with some decent results. I put the trap in a pond that had some lily pads and grassy areas, in about 3-4 feet of water. each day i had about 30-36 rainbow chubs. i put a crust of bread 1 day, and a dog treat and a small container with oatmeal in it ( punch a few holes in the top). i have tried it in some streams, too, but with limited success

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I use dry dog food or cat food most the time.. crackers and bread others.. all seem to work well.

I sent my fiance in to the store to buy some nylons at a Thrift store.. Stuff a handfull of bait and a rock or 2 in the nylon and tie it off. It works just as well and you wont have a swelled up food mess in the end.

Shallows with vegitation is good, also creeks where there is some type of current obstruction(culvert, dam, etc) is another good location.

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Thanks for the info - I tried last weekend too with little results in the trap, although did really well with the seine - Multiple dozens of spottail shiners. Man, did the fish like those spottails!

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Is there any restrictions on the size of seine being used? Where can you buy one?

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I'm not sure about the size restrictions but I have seen them in a couple of different sizes at Walmart.

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I believe that the limt on length is 25' and the depth is 3'. someone quote me if I'm wrong.

GRIZ

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25' is the length limit without a DNR permit, and Walmart was where I picked mine up a couple of years ago - A pretty cheap investment when you consider the price of good minnows these days. Wherever you buy one, make sure it has a bunch of floats across the top, and lead weights on the bottom. And bring a big bucket!

FD

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