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#1 juhason

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:06 PM

Is the cold weather just not a good time to collect fish? I set my minnow trap 3 times in a spot in the river where this Sept. there were so many they literally swam into my dipnet. I got nothing. I also tried another spot with my net where I caught dozens of sunfish and nothing. Don't they tend to move to deeper water in the cold? Both these spots are some of the deeper parts in that section of the river.

 

Also about seining, I got a 4x12' net but haven't been able to try it yet. What are the best spots to seine and what are some good tips for doing it properly. As of now I have no seine partner to help me :(



#2 taldridge0321

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 12:54 PM

It probably is harder in colder weather due to inactivity in some species. I have good luck collecting in the mountains however in colder weather, cold water species are there anyways.

 

As far as your seine goes, you will need a seining partner unless you use a 4x4 size seine, but I'd recommend just going with a dip net. "The Perfect Dip Net" is the way to go.

 

Minnow traps can be difficult sometimes, no matter what season. 

 

Hope this helps.



#3 juhason

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 01:52 PM

It probably is harder in colder weather due to inactivity in some species. I have good luck collecting in the mountains however in colder weather, cold water species are there anyways.

 

As far as your seine goes, you will need a seining partner unless you use a 4x4 size seine, but I'd recommend just going with a dip net. "The Perfect Dip Net" is the way to go.

 

Minnow traps can be difficult sometimes, no matter what season. 

 

Hope this helps.

Wish I lived near a mountain! I live in Chicago area so its pretty flat for the most part. I'll just wait until spring then but that's so far...lol.

I'm not sure how to go about finding a partner, thinking maybe to try craigslist? No one I know is into fishing 



#4 taldridge0321

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:33 PM

If you are still wanting to seine, here is an example of a one man seine net. You will need poles and 4x4 netting but these are pretty effective. I still would recommend a dip net in the long run though, they are so much more fun and of course you don't need a partner.IMG_0673.JPG



#5 taldridge0321

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:34 PM

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#6 taldridge0321

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 02:48 PM

If you want send me an email on here and I will help you with some locations.



#7 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 03:16 PM

Seines are the way to go. A day in the water with someone to manage the other end of the seine cannot be beat.
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#8 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 31 October 2017 - 03:55 PM

Seines are the way to go. A day in the water with someone to manage the other end of the seine cannot be beat.

Yep. First thing I would pack in a survival kit. Almost anyway.


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#9 mattknepley

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 05:57 AM

Both seine and dipnet have their place; you'll figure out which suits you best and when as you go. Personally, I like netting in the cooler/cold weather a little better.
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#10 taldridge0321

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 08:43 AM

Both seine and dipnet have their place; you'll figure out which suits you best and when as you go. Personally, I like netting in the cooler/cold weather a little better.

I think the last time I used a seine was to get the Rosyface Chubs with you Matt lol.



#11 mattknepley

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 06:50 AM

I think the last time I used a seine was to get the Rosyface Chubs with you Matt lol.


I'm glad we had that big seine of yours to pull then too. Those turkeys you wanted were hiding "deep" in that big hole under the bridge. Odds we'd've gotten one with a dipnet were pretty dang slim! Now those friendly Christmas Darters of Casey's, they had the good manners to be in the shallow water...
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#12 taldridge0321

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 08:30 AM

I'm glad we had that big seine of yours to pull then too. Those turkeys you wanted were hiding "deep" in that big hole under the bridge. Odds we'd've gotten one with a dipnet were pretty dang slim! Now those friendly Christmas Darters of Casey's, they had the good manners to be in the shallow water...

Haha, yeah I really liked that spot, may have to head back that way soon to microfish it!

 

I wonder if I can get those Chubs to bite a hook, Darters are really hard for me to get unfortunately. 





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