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#1 DooSPX

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:21 PM

What is the best bait for a minnow trap
location:
Potomac River slackwater above Dam 5
Central Florida
tanks:
65G- W.V. Sunfish tank
125G- Goldfish tank
20L- Cory and Otto only tank

#2 Newt

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:30 PM

Crumbled bread or styrofoam will work, if you're after minnows.  Honestly you don't really need bait in most situations; you'll get plenty of fish (and tadpoles, and insects, and crustaceans, and sometimes snakes) just wandering in.

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#3 dafrimpster

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Posted 11 July 2008 - 03:34 PM

I have tried several things. Shrimp,hotdogs, bacon, etc. Nothing worked any better for me than bread and/or lil chunjs of white styro foam
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#4 jblaylock

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Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:10 PM

I've seen success with many things.  Usually I take a piece of bread, tear some off, and roll it into a tight ball.  I've had success with hotdogs and other lunch meats.  My sister's house is right next to a creek, when they cook out, they throw scraps into the creek and the chubs go crazy on almost anything; corn cobs, watermelon hull, etc...
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JohnO said:

You know what they say - hillbillies have the best darters. Well, they should say it...

Michael Wolfe said:

... minnows are people too

#5 redfinpickerel

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Posted 03 August 2008 - 12:38 PM

i dont use bait anymore because i get the same amount of fish either way.

#6 bart

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 09:08 PM

Use whole raw shrimp if you want sunfish.  I got green, pumpkinseed and bluegill all in the same trap last time I used it.
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#7 sandtiger

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 10:11 PM

I always got good results from dry dog or cat food.
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#8 travishaas

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 10:11 PM

Some people recommend using turkey and chicken necks.  I think I've heard of people using bar soap, but I've never tried it and don't really see why it would be a good idea.  

Travis

#9 ashtonmj

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Posted 15 November 2008 - 10:55 PM

I've seen frozen tator tots fill up a trap full of creek chubs, dace, and minnows in under 30 minutes.  Chicken necks would also probably attract alot of crayfish, but they are dirt cheap and last a long time.
Matt Ashton
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#10 Radioguy

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 11:51 AM

I can add my support for the use of dog food..... the dry biscuit type.  Just 3 or 4 biscuits in the cage works well.

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#11 truf

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 12:20 PM

View Postsandtiger, on Nov 15 2008, 10:11 PM, said:

I always got good results from dry dog or cat food.
Some kind of dog jerky?  :tongue:

I rarely even use a trap anymore.  It's  just not interactive enough, because I love the thrill of the hunt!  When I do use a trap I've tried all of the following for bait (plus some):  a sardine can with holes punched in it, dry fish food in a nylon bag, dog treats, beef liver, and different kinds of bread.  Bread appears to beat out all the others. Also, it seems fish prefer expensive multi-grain bread above plain white bread, or bagels, or flour tortillas.  I'll have to try some of the other suggestions listed here.
Just my three cents.
-Thom

Edited by truf, 16 November 2008 - 12:21 PM.

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#12 sandtiger

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 12:50 PM

I seldom use my trap either but when collecting it never hurts to toss it in, sometimes its the only way I ever catch anything. I never get much species diversity though.
Arthur Masloski
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New York

#13 camber1981

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 04:51 PM

I noticed no one mentioned cheese....  [-X  Awesome stuff.... I've used it as bait for sunfish, catfish, minnows, crayfish..... oh, and those stupid carp, too. It seems just about anything will eat a ball of Velveeta. You could also try making cookie dough without sugar, I've heard of people using that before. Same principal as bread, but it lasts longer.

#14 fundulus

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Posted 16 November 2008 - 06:03 PM

Another minnow trap fave is a small can of cat food, just slightly opened or punctured. It's especially killer for attracting eels if you're in a coastal creek.
Bruce Stallsmith, Huntsville, Alabama, US of A

#15 adirondackpond

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 01:19 PM

I've had the best luck in my pond using Beef liver.

#16 nativeplanter

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 01:41 PM

View Postadirondackpond, on Dec 17 2008, 01:19 PM, said:

I've had the best luck in my pond using Beef liver.

Raw or cooked?

#17 Ouassous

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 05:46 PM

In Puerto Rico, I baited traps with both dry catfood and punctured tins of moist catfood to catch long-armed prawns (Macrobrachium spp.), filter-feeding Atyid shrimp (Atya spp. and Micratya sp.), and carrot-nose shrimp (Xiphocaris elongata).  Incidental catch included Puerto Rican river crabs (Epilobocera sinuatifrons), American eels (Anguilla rostrata), and big-mouthed sleepers (Gobiomorus dormitor).  Crushed snails and fruit were pretty ineffective (banana chunks landed me only a single slider turtle), but I apparently would have had better luck had I singed my coconut strips instead of using them raw.

In San Marcos, Texas, soft plugs of store-bought catfish bait (chicken blood & crayfish or shrimp scent) gave me satisfactory results with crayfish, cichlids, and sunfish ... but nothing phenomenal.

Edited by Ouassous, 17 December 2008 - 05:51 PM.

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#18 farmertodd

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 03:30 PM

The best bait I've ever used is salami.  I don't know why or what it is that attracts them, but they just come running.  Sunfish, minnows, darters, everyone.  

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#19 CatfishHunter

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Posted 03 August 2009 - 03:29 PM

I use bread for minnows, hot-dogs or chicken nuggets for the crayfish. Both really seem to like Combo's, i throw some crushed and some whole in the trap.  It is super easy and not time consuming.  I usually get 20+ minnows per (and sometimes as little as an hr's time) I usually return the small and or ugly ones and keep 5 per person (3-4inch chubs are great).  If you are threading the minnows you will use a lot less since they slide up the line a lot when you catch a fish and after they've been chewed on the head works great to catch nice bass and cats.



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