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Fish: Creek Chub

Are chubs good bait? They like ham

Post By: finsnfeathers      Posted: 1/21/2012 4:49:45 PM     Points: 203    
There is an irrigation ditch behind my house that has creek chubs. Would it be wise to stock up on a bunch of these guys to use for pike and cats? They range from 4-10 inches and love a piece of ham on a hook.
 Reply by: rt5000      Posted: 1/21/2012 5:17:05 PM     Points: 436
Creek chubs are a minnow and minnows are always good bait. Just make sure if you do use them that the place you're going to already has creek chubs in it. You don't want to be responsible for an illegal introduction. Basically if you stick to the Front Range you'll be fine, cause they're native to eastern Colorado. However, they are not native to the West Slope. If theres creek chubs theres probably some fathead minnows, white suckers and even some sand shiners. They usually all coexisit with each other.
 Reply by: finsnfeathers      Posted: 1/21/2012 5:30:15 PM     Points: 203
i meant fishing them dead under a tip up for pike or cut up for cats
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 1/21/2012 6:40:05 PM     Points: 1689
Can we get a picture of one of these little guys.
There are some chubs in CO that are protected.
 Reply by: finsnfeathers      Posted: 1/21/2012 6:49:06 PM     Points: 203
Ya, click on creek chub under fish species and theres your picture. I don't think I am mistaken on what it is, have been catching them my whole life and they are in there by the thousands.
 Reply by: CBrown      Posted: 1/21/2012 7:39:30 PM     Points: 490
 Reply by: rt5000      Posted: 1/22/2012 9:12:13 PM     Points: 436
I'm sure you know what a creek chub is. They're unmistakeable in my opinion. The only true chubs (roundtail, humpback and bonytail) in Colorado are on the West Slope and look nothing like a creek chub. Also, a creek chub is not a true chub. Just a naming thing. There is a flathead chub (state threatened I believe and not a true chub either) that's native on the Front Range, but they're very silvery and don't get any bigger than about 4 or 5 inches and have a smaller subterminal mouth. Creek chub is more tan with a prominent lateral stripe with a big terminal mouth and can get up to about 14 inches. Basic taxonomy lesson for everyone.
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 1/23/2012 7:14:13 AM     Points: 2133
they work fresh give a little slit to the belly all in all it is meat just gives a little different look and smell to it
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