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Fish: Flathead Chub

How to keep your minnows alive

Post By: FishingJunkie      Posted: 1/8/2012 10:19:14 PM     Points: 1813    
Have some minnows left over from weekend's fishing trip. Will probably go out next weekend and would like to keep the 2 dozen or so minnows swimming in my bucket alive for as long as possible?

What's the key to keeping them alive until next weekend (at least)?

 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 1/8/2012 10:27:10 PM     Points: 61646    
A hand full of snow a day will keep them alive for a week or so.
 Reply by: ColoradoRay      Posted: 1/8/2012 10:43:11 PM     Points: 20841    
I keep mine in a minnow pail with a battery operated aerator and I give them a shot of fresh air for 5 minutes twice a day. Also I keep them in a cool area and change the water every time I get to a lake for fishing. No tap water-contains chlorine. Right now some of them are probably 3 weeks in the pail and still doing great.
 Reply by: bigAB      Posted: 1/9/2012 12:13:42 AM     Points: 109    
All you have to do to keep them alive is keep them cold. I usually keep mine in the fridge.
 Reply by: Bassackwards      Posted: 1/9/2012 1:06:28 AM     Points: 1040    
Go to walmart and get a $5 electric aerator and keep them outside. Easy!
 Reply by: EOrf      Posted: 1/9/2012 6:01:52 AM     Points: 2482    
Keep em in your fridge that's what I do and it works great, This might only work if your single
 Reply by: cypher      Posted: 1/9/2012 6:29:43 AM     Points: 340    
I had some minnows in my bucket from fishing Saturday and forgot them in the car overnight came out to the car on sudsy and there was 1/2-1 inch of ice covering the water in the bucket, they were all still alive and happy! The key is maintaing high oxygen levels in the water aerators work but cold water is dense and filled with oxygen so that's really all you need.
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: 1/9/2012 7:32:35 AM     Points: 1580    
Eorf: lol!!! I know what you mean lol
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 1/9/2012 8:30:27 AM     Points: 1813    
EOrf - hehe, very funny, but that won't work for me... I'd have mutiny in the kitchen.