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Winter creek chub.

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#1 Guest_will_*

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:22 PM

How do creek chubs behave in the winter? I've been catching a lot of large ones lately ( with fly hooks ) in the river. They seem to be cold water fish, almost trout like, in my experience. Also, I broke thick ice in a puddle and caught a lot in a trap! I was wondering what they do later in the winter, stick to the deep water in schools? Would they bite?
Also, some climate issues might be a factor, I've also been catching lots of black bass, a warm water fish...

#2 Guest_fundulus_*

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:54 PM

Creek chubs probably head for deeper holes as cold winter takes hold, since it won't freeze and may be a little warmer since the densest liquid water is 4 deg. C. But then, creek chubs can survive damn near anything as long as the water is liquid.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:58 AM

Large creek chubs caught in cold water are supposed to be excellent table fare.

#4 Guest_FirstChAoS_*

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:28 AM

I am not sure about creek chubs, but for fallfish I have caught them through the ice in a small artificial pond/channel connected to the main river. they tend to be found more to the shallows, while the deeper parts I catch more perch and pickerel.

Not sure how much of this is unusual as the fallfish are likely visitors from the river and need to enter through the deeper channel. But maybe this cousin from the same genus can shed some light on creek chubs.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:10 PM

I have to post the pictures when I get home but I caught what I think are Fallfish or a species of shiner during lunch today. Catching more once they are identified will be easy sicne they like to live in leaf litter along the river's edge during the winter months.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 10:45 AM

I used to find them holed up in a deep water under a small bridge. I used to fish for them there in the winter with ice jigs to use for trout bait elsewhere.

Edited by exasperatus2002, 21 November 2012 - 10:47 AM.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:17 PM

Large creek chubs caught in cold water are supposed to be excellent table fare.

Yup, I've heard the same.

I've caught them in my local creek during winter, but I believe all were caught in deeper pools with structure.

#8 Guest_will_*

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:45 PM

Thank you all for the information.
Thats interesting about them tasting better in the cold water, I always joked about eatting the big one's, lightly smoked maybe.
They remind me alot of catching largemouth bass, too bad they don't get twice their size.

I'd like to drill little holes and make extra small poles just for creek chubs. Can't tell what the winter will do but if it freezes the spot I want, I'll get on it. Feeling like the the deepest water with the best cover for small fish would be best, with visible/tasty bait.

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