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Lake: Pueblo Reservoir

leeches

Post By: mickster      Posted: 4/7/2013 3:17:18 PM     Points: 10    
anyone know procedure to keep leeches live longer? and what to feed them for growing bigger and live longer?(blood,meat,etc...) also,how to raise leeches for seasonal fishing? (in fish tanks,backyard ponds,etc..?)whats the process? any online sites for info? instead of paying 3-4.00 dollars for a dozen!? thanks!
 Reply by: OldMikkDale      Posted: 4/7/2013 3:58:02 PM     Points: 495    
Leeches would be hard to raise in captivity. I buy them by the pound wholesale. The best way to keep them is in a bag called Leach Tamer and in non chlorinated water, The best water is artisan water that you can buy for about $1 at the grocery store. The Leach Tamer helps to scrape off the slime and the bag needs to be washed with the leeches in it at least once a week. Keep them in a pretty cold refrigerator as they tend to spawn if the water is too warm and excrete a white mucus. You can keep them about a year and you don't have to feed them. I buy the larger of the two sizes of bags and put about a pound in each one. The bags can be bought at some sporting goods stores and Amazon. I was going to put them a a 55 gal fish tank but the wholesaler said they would swim themselves to death. This year they are considered an aquatic species as I have been told but have not seen that in writing but really have not checked into it. They may or may not come under the same rules as minnows. If you need the name of a wholesaler, email me at bluejackalope@hotmail.com. Good fishing, Dale.
 Reply by: IceFishingFool      Posted: 4/7/2013 4:08:58 PM     Points: 6556    
As far as I know leaches are considered live bait and you will be ask for a dated reciept, same as minnows. As I suldom use live ones, its unclear if your reciept being over a week old would subject you to the hastle of draining the water from your container by inspectors, at all State parks that have the ANS inspections.
 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 4/8/2013 1:00:01 AM     Points: 5484    
Wow OldMikkDale, that was probably the most thorough response to leech raising I have seen on here, great stuff! I have always wanted a leech farm, but I think IFF may be right about the hassles.
 Reply by: Ryan C      Posted: 4/8/2013 6:00:13 AM     Points: 205    
If you are going to a live bait lake where minnows are illegal to use, then freeze the leeches the night before you use them.
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 4/8/2013 6:29:18 AM     Points: 2160    
^^^^^ that point in time might as well use gulp leeches.
 Reply by: nicrfisher      Posted: 4/8/2013 6:18:43 PM     Points: 305    
Leaches can be used at any lake in Colorado that isn't flys and lures only. Leaches can be used at the places where minnows connot. It is not the minnows or leach they are worried about when you bring them to a new lake. It is the water that you are carrying them in that their worried about.
 Reply by: Dan Swanson      Posted: 4/9/2013 7:34:28 PM     Points: 1294    
I order leeches, from Vados [log in for link] several pounds at a time and store them in this [log in for link] and don't need to worry about transporting water. If you change the bedding regularly, keep them cold and don't overcrowd you'll have leeches long after the bait shops around here have run out.
 Reply by: bat5      Posted: 4/10/2013 9:34:52 AM     Points: 0    
you can buy leeches and worms in Colorado springs , at road runner baits. husband /wife been selling for years. this year I think worms $10 a hundred, leeches $20 a pound. 719 6512505,, also I went on line feeding leeches, leeches can live a year without feeding, secret to keeping them is changing the water.
 Reply by: nightangler      Posted: 4/11/2013 1:56:36 PM     Points: 1856    
A very good buddy and I ordered 2# of leeches on Monday from an outfit in Green Bay Wisconsin. They just showed up today!!! I would recommend these guys after dealing with them, plus they use PayPal so you are guaranteed to get your product or have a way to get your money back if they dont ship for whatever reason...

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 Reply by: OldMikkDale      Posted: 4/11/2013 3:48:24 PM     Points: 495    
There are some questions about buying any live bait from outside of the state in the 2013 regs. On page 8, 4d it reads: It is illegal to import any live native or non-native aquatic wildlife into Colorado without authorization from CPW or as stated in regulations. I have been told the CPW and the Colo. Ag dept. both inspect commercial sources of live bait sellers that they authorized. Before they used the term "authorized dealer" where now they are using "commercial source". The heavy set dude that is a wildlife officer at Boyd Lake said they are going to enforce the 7 day rule which I have not found in the 2013 regs. I like to refer to him as Bozo or Bubba among other names. I hope to hear back from the CPW next week on this subject however some times it takes longer as I try to word my questions so they have to go up the ladder. Never talk to the feet when you can talk to the head. It took about 2 months to get back to me on the bodies of water that are included to have aquatic nuisance species in them but that was because they had to finalize the 2012 results. Will post that when my son-in-law or my 5 year old grandson shows me how to get it from my email to FishExplorer. At 80, I am never accused of binging a nerd.
If you keep leeches in a leech tamer, keep one to two inches of water over them and change once a week, if in another container the same but I would suggest changing the water at least twice a week. They won't craw out so no need for a lid.
 Reply by: ZZZ      Posted: 4/11/2013 4:22:07 PM     Points: 1124    
The 7 day receipt regulation is not part of the fishing regs, it's part of the ANS inspection regs. If you look here [log in for link] and go to #803, section K it describes the 7 day receipt rule.

Tight Lines...zzz
 Reply by: OldMikkDale      Posted: 4/11/2013 6:34:27 PM     Points: 495    
Thank you ZZZ, It states on page 9 under glossary of fishing terms and under minnow to go to page 8,and in chapter 10 and 11 of CPW regulation online. I was going to rag on them where the hell to find this. Everyone who is going to fish where they have inspections should read this link as I was told at Boyd they will be checking shore fishermen too. What is interesting is that if you do not have a receipt for purchase of live baitin the last 7 days then the bait is to be transferred to new water in a container. Need to read this for the full details. I would be equipped with an extra container and net. I heard last year Boyd inspectors told fishermen they had to dump bait or leave.
 Reply by: Russian      Posted: 4/22/2013 8:35:01 AM     Points: 774    
me likey leeches
 Reply by: colotrout      Posted: 4/24/2013 5:47:27 PM     Points: 49    
You don't need a receipt for leeches or worms.

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