Posted 11 August 2009 - 12:45 PM
Anyways i want to try and catch a few of these, and I would like to catch them on hook and line for fun. I have a few questions
Are either of the species schooling fish?
How would I go about catching one by rod?
What is their preferred habitat?
Dipnetting has never yielded a "big minnow" for me (besides the above story)so I might try a seine.
Thanks for any input. i love it when I learn of something new that lives down the stream from me. that's why i switched to natives. My fish experience was so limited to pike, perch, and walleye, that I never knew anything else could be fished for for most of my childhood.
Posted 11 August 2009 - 12:59 PM
If you are going to fish for them, I would use an ultralite and maybe small live bait (crickets, meal/wax worms, etc...) or if you want to use artificial, I would use small flies and such.
Creek chubs do school together and you'll likely find them in a deeper pool of slow moving water. Try to find a smaller creek, because they are know to be the one of the only fish present in a small, 1st order creek. If you can find a small creek and then find a deeper pool of water within that creek, I'd say your chances are fairly good to catch one.
Posted 11 August 2009 - 01:06 PM
I have not angled for big minnows, but some folks in East Tennessee do. They call them "hornyheads" there and consider them a high quality food fish. I've heard of people catching them on worms or with a fly.
Posted 11 August 2009 - 01:38 PM
Posted 11 August 2009 - 06:09 PM
I have a fishing hole nearby - small stream, deep pool after a riffle. Bobber, size 8 hook, and a garden worm. I was surprised how easy they are to catch on hook and line. Much easier to get large Common Shiners or Creek Chubs this way than with a seine.
Posted 12 August 2009 - 03:48 PM
I wonder if your other big minnow is a Fallfish.
Posted 13 August 2009 - 10:46 AM
Posted 14 August 2009 - 10:29 AM
The largest creek chubs I caught were in Iowa at 13 inches long. Usually in Kansas I only catch them about 10-11 inches long. The first time I ever caught one was in Missouri and I didnt even think minnow when I caught it, I assumed it must be a trout. They make good catfish bait too.
I have caught creek chubs on all kinds of artificials. The easiest for me is a piece of white rubber worm (grub) on a tiny hook with a small split shot about 18 inches above it. Usually best to cast upstream so your bait seems to be going along with the current. I really prefer using tiny crankbaits.
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