I live in Montana and in November it starts to get cold. Last year I did minnow trapping from June to November and around the same small creek and a pond. Chub, dace, suckers. When the daytime temperature dropped below 55 it went horrible. I used to get a few to dozens in my trap in the summer and early fall, but in colder season ( I pick warmest days, but...) it dropped to close to nothing. Maybe one occasionally.
This year probably I gotta try again.So do you guys know of any strategy to improve yield in cold climate/ late fall? Should I switch to longer waiting time (1/2 - 1 day I did)? Should I do overnight or over-day? Further upstream in creek or closer to mouth of creek? I know they hide under banks and in deeper water than summer but my area is flat and the water is max 1 foot ( i think ). I'm not by the Rockies btw. Any input would be much appreciated!