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minnow trap bait
Posted: 12 July 2012 11:35 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Second guessing myself today as I found a juvenile northern in my minnow trap.
I have alot of respect for this species,before I had kids and got married used to catch alot of them in the small feeder creeks where I targeted smallmouth. Always referred to them as waterwolfs cause thats what they reminded me of.
Anyway I like to trap my own minnows,especially if I can use minnows that came from the creek thats feeds the body of water I’m fishing.
My question is. What do you use for bait if you trap minnows?
For years I’ve used the leftover ends of the breadloaf my kids wont eat,roll em’ up in a ball and let em’ sit for couple days in the sun.
Always worked in the past but in these drought conditions I’m having trouble even finding water deep enough to sink my trap.
I guess on the plus side, next spring when the waters cold I’ll have a new place right out my back door to target the waterwolves I havent fought for way too long.
It never fails to amaze me how and when mother nature surprises me,You could literally jump across this “ditch”,but if I caught a 4” northern in my trap, I know dang well momma was there this spring laying her eggs.

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Posted: 15 July 2012 01:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I love catching minnows and using for bait also.  I use to use a sleeve of saltine crackers by smashing them up and pouring a handful in and keep the rest in a ziplock.  Now I use instant oatmeal in individual packets.  It works great.

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Posted: 16 July 2012 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Do you just twist the end of the saltine sleeve up or what? Or do you poke holes in the instant oatmeal package?
Please elaborate.
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Posted: 16 July 2012 08:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Maybe I should have asked, How do you keep all the “minnow bait” from washing away long enough to catch some minnows?

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Posted: 17 July 2012 09:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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mohican - 16 July 2012 08:14 AM

Do you just twist the end of the saltine sleeve up or what? Or do you poke holes in the instant oatmeal package?
Please elaborate.
Thanks!

You just crush the crackers up while in the sleeve and just dump in a portion into the trap. You would do the same with the oatmeal. None of it stay’s in the package to be put into the trap. It’s amazing how quickly it attracts minnows. 2 hrs or less and you have a trap that’s packed with minnows of all sizes! I’ve only used crushed up crackers so I’ll have to try the oatmeal.

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