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The larvae that the perch are puking up, what is it?


Cheetah

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I noticed a bunch of the perch I caught in the SE corner were puking up a lot of little larvae in my ice holes. About 1/2" long, kinda thin. Any idea what it is? It must taste like the euro larvae, since that's the hot bait right now for the perch. I only had one fish puke up a half-digested minnow out of everything I caught.

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Hey Cheetah,

I noticed that too. The ones I saw are the same little bugs that you find when you pick a rock up out of the water and look at the bottom of it. Don't know what they turn into though. I only had a couple of perch spit up minnows. How'd you do this weekend?

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Yes Jeff is correct, usually more brownish gray in color but there is a winter mayfly larvea hatch on Mille Lacs. I have not seen any perch with it so far this year, but am glad you guys found some. To tell you the truth I have been starting to wonder and get a little worried by the lack of see this. It is the main diet for deep water perch in the winter.

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Quote:

mayfly larvae


ya, that's what my dad told me last night.

edit: and they were light brownish color.

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When they spit up ones that are relatively whole, USE them for bait. It works pretty well when other things dont. I was hoping that the hatch would not be as big as last year but it sounds like there will be lots of larvae again. I think that makes fishing tougher when they have lots of natural food to eat. Last year we caught a pout that was crammed full of them in March. The perch were down there, but we just couldnt get them to really go. I blame it on all of the food available to them. Not a good sign going into March.

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Is there anywhere i can buy some of these mayfly larvae? I am taking my first trip to mille lacs in febuary, and someone told me these things work great for the perch. I have been looking for a place to order them but i can't find anything.

thanks

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You might be able to find some 'wigglers'. Not quite the same thing but guys in Wisconsin use them alot in the summer. I have no idea if you can get them in the winter. They are not cheap either. It is easier to catch a fish and then get them out of the stomachs. Most are mush, but there are always a few fresher ones that can be used. Good Luck.

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sometimes portside has them

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Im not sure but i think the fish dig or root up the larvae at this time of year.............they wont "hatch" until spring........all the perch we have caught this whole [ice]season have been full of blood worm/and or mayfly larvae.

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Speaking of blood worms, has anybody tried that blood worm jig by HT lures? Is that what a blood worm actually looks like?

B Sterling

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Chris is correct, these are the larvae that will hatch in May or June. When they hatch and turn into mayflies/fishflies, they also drop eggs, then die. These larvae live in the mud until they hatch, until then, fish will feed on them most of the winter.

Fisherdog

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If you are looking for mayfly larvae try Vados bait in blaine----I have bought some in the past and they work great when the bite is tough.

jeff

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