Issues with catching minnows with trap
Posted 13 June 2017 - 08:36 AM
I'm having an issue that is actually really irritating. I purchased a minnow trap from Wal-Mart specifically the black trap. I have owned both this one and a silver gee when I was younger and I have never seen a real big difference in catching. But recently I have thrown out my trap to try and get some and the past dozen attempts I have gotten nothing at all. I have tried leaving the trap out over night, for several hours and down to 10 minutes and I have got nothing. And I have tried every bait under the sun in the traps from old grandpa's ideas to the local bait shop to with no luck. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated or what might be wrong.
- bread (white, wheat, potatoe)
- cat food, dog food, tuna
- cheese, Cheetos, chips
-liver, fish organs, shrimp
And I live in Pennsylvania specifically Westmoreland county
Posted 13 June 2017 - 01:06 PM
Posted 13 June 2017 - 02:45 PM
They work best in mid to late summer in small creeks when fish get concentrated in small pools. But agree that nets are more productive and you can really target different habitat and different species. Josh Blaylock uses a trap to keep his Coosa bass fed. His biggest problem is thieves.
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Posted 13 June 2017 - 09:21 PM
@JasonL- how seinging I was thinking about doing that myself since it's alot faster. And of course haha these are dedicated streams I have used since I was a youngin I know there's fish in there.
@Matt DeLaVega- have any recommendations for nets such as length or would a net tied to 2 sticks do fine?
Posted 14 June 2017 - 07:27 AM
I use the same black trap from Micheal Wolfe's favorite store (The Walmart) I usually use bread, or hotdogs, and don't have a problem catching fish. Like Matt DLV said, people stealing mine is the biggest issue I have.
Buy a 6ft seine, either from Wally-World, or a local sportsman store...or if you want to invest in the good ones, try Memphis Net & Twine or, my personal favorite, Douglas Net Company. 6ft seems to be a good size for 1 person to use. Once you have the net, but 2 broom handles from Lowes or similar store, drill holes to tie the net on, and you have a nice seine.
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Posted 28 June 2017 - 02:06 PM
Traps work good in the right spot. I got these yesterday in about 15 minutes, bait was a golfball size lump of day old chipotle burrito bowl. The picture of the bucket is after I had taken out about 20 for home. About 3/4 Mountain red bellies and the rest Rosyside dace.
Nets work good too, while I was waiting for the trap to fill I caught a nice Torrent sucker. (No picture, he was hiding behind a rock.
Posted 29 June 2017 - 10:12 AM
Try Heinsohn's Country Store. They have some really great minnow/fish traps. I'm sure you are aware, but make sure to check local and state laws on the traps.
I used a cheap minnow trap for years and they never worked anywhere in the Piedmont region of NC. However, I tried the mountains near our mountain cabin creek and caught a bunch in a matter or hours. I used dog food and bread as bait. It was full of E. Blacknose Dace, Rosyside Dace, Central Stonerollers and a few Warpaint Shiners believe it or not.
Like the guys said above, a dip net is much more fun and will get you a lot more species. Personally, I use a dip net and cast net for collecting, but most people will use the dip net and seine. Either way you go, they are a lot more fun than leaving a trap out.
Posted 24 August 2017 - 04:20 PM
I've had trouble with the black plastic coated traps, fish seem to run from them! The regular minnow traps, galvanised wire, usually work well for me but occasionally i am skunked in places with high fish populations... I usually use something white as bait, a fish fillet, or a cracked open can of sardines. The color does seem to matter sometimes..
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