Post By: finsnfeathers Posted: 1/21/2012 4:49:45 PMPoints: 444
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.
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.
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.