Can't find any minnows in Winter
Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:02 PM
Here are a couple of threads that discuss possible answers... I remembered these and found them with a quick search in the forum on the word 'winter'...
I live in the southern part of West Virginia. In between the New River and Greenbrier River. I've went several times in December and January, but wasn't able to see much of anything. Any tips or suggestions?
Posted 30 January 2012 - 03:13 PM
Howling winds, temp at freezing.
Everything seemed to have hunkered down for the winter - couldn't find anything until
I went to the weakest riffles and kick up some stones.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 11:02 AM
I've had luck going through leaf piles that accumulate in eddys and along the shoreline during the winter.
Ditto. Michael Wolfe taught me that. Scoop up the leaf pile with your net and pick through it. The cold fish won't flop much under the leaves, so you can't rely on movement to know if anything is there. I was surprised at how many are in the leaves, but I should not have been. After all, they need to go somewhere, and that's a nice, protected spot to chill out.
Posted 31 January 2012 - 07:20 PM
Posted 31 January 2012 - 09:01 PM
Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:29 PM
I could scoop up messes of blacknose dace and creek chubs when sweeping through the leaf piles. It was quite surprising. Other minnows like spotfin shiners, tended to stay in the deep pools and never caught a single one in leaf piles. Sooo... does that mean that brown minnows like leaves and silver minnows don't? hehe.
Posted 01 February 2012 - 04:58 PM
Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:59 PM
I think we did... it was about 4 years ago. Michael can tell for sure.
Yes, ma'am we did... they were mostly stone rollers, bluehead chubs, creek chubs, rosyface chubs, and yellowfin shiners... but that is pretty much everything in the streams here. And I did it again this past weekend (except we dropped the one rosyface before getting a firm idea and never saw any stonerollers at all), in a smaller tributary of the same stream.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 02:57 PM
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