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Fish: Creek Chub

What do creek chubs eat?!

Post By: FishingJunkie      Posted: 12/6/2018 8:22:36 AM     Points: 1813    
I've spent some time chasing creek chubs for bait - but no luck. I use a minnow trap like the one below. I've been using pellet dog food for bait but managed none on my trap the last two times. I've let the trap soak for one night, then two nights - no luck.

Not sure if it's the wrong bait or the wrong trap.

I should add that there are definitely chubs in that creek. Basschaser had much better results in the same creek with a different trap.

 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: Dec. 6, 8:41:29 AM     Points: 596    
I didn't think trapping them was legal....
 Reply by: fishingfreak      Posted: Dec. 6, 8:48:24 AM     Points: 1580    
Use a hook and line with worm. The bigger ones will go for it
 Reply by: Basschaser      Posted: Dec. 6, 9:14:11 AM     Points: 810    
You need the street sweeper
 Reply by: fishingmanlee      Posted: Dec. 6, 9:20:36 AM     Points: 126    
Dog food works but you need to put the dog food into some kind of a plastic container with many holes. Attach the dog food filled container with string from different sides and/or angles. Tether the dog food filled container with holes and strings to the center of your trap. Dunk the trap with the dog food filled container with holes and string in said creek overnight.

Purpose of suspending the dog food in the center is because it forces the craws/chubs into the trap rather than just eating the bait through the mesth of the trap.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: Dec. 6, 10:09:17 AM     Points: 1014    
Might try bread but dog food should work. Try an roll or larger piece of bread and let it dry for a day or two. Shouldn't dissolve as fast.
Do need something to keep it in the middle like fishingmanlee said. We used to use an old sock for crawdads or a piece of pantyhose held down with a rock.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: Dec. 6, 1:07:30 PM     Points: 1813    
Manlee and Gone - I catch your drift.... thx
 Reply by: spinn3r      Posted: Dec. 6, 2:41:56 PM     Points: 6510    
They're easy to catch on hook and line even without bait. Small, wiggly plastics work well.
 Reply by: tjcolorado      Posted: Dec. 6, 2:59:38 PM     Points: 180    
They are a lot harder to get this time of year. Use the same methods in the spring or summer and you'll have better results. They tend to disperse from their normal spots this time of year and are more dormant. If you can still see them you should be able to catch them with a small hook and piece of worm
 Reply by: walleyeorbust      Posted: Dec. 6, 4:05:04 PM     Points: 823    
Growing up we would use dough bait in narrow shallow streams. take a bunch of wonder bread, get it damp, mash it into a ball, patch in tight, toss into a well perforated baggy than suspend from the top of the cage with a twist tie.
But our best success would be placing it directly in a channel of a very narrow stream where the cage was just barely submerged between pools, no bait needed. or on the down stream side of a culvert.
 Reply by: lewdog      Posted: Dec. 6, 4:11:02 PM     Points: 3937    
I get mine with a tiny piece of crawlers and a tiny hook. They like worms. More importantly is what eats them....here's a baby.
 Reply by: Toadfish      Posted: Dec. 6, 4:27:35 PM     Points: 3563    
That poor trout looks like somebody tried to fold it in half... Big belly though!
 Reply by: Fishing Freds      Posted: Dec. 6, 6:31:48 PM     Points: 14    
I get buckets full in the U.P. every spring and summer. I have a trap like yours but the thin wire traps work way better. I dry out hot dog buns, use half at a time. Works great!
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: Dec. 6, 6:36:16 PM     Points: 11    
Ive gotten chubs on small flies consistently in small city creeks, but for traps Id imagine nearly anything with some kind of fat/oil. Ive gotten suckers in a craw trap on crab shells, pork fat scraps, bones, etc
 Reply by: fishmohr      Posted: Dec. 7, 6:12:50 PM     Points: 74    
I caught about 30 and gave to a buddy you owns a water filtering business. He had 40 gallon tank set up and in the tank he had these little red minnows you can buy at Petco or what ever shop sells fish. The chubs ate all his red minnows. Once you catch them and put them in a tank, they need to eat.

Trapping minnows/chubs in creeks or ponds is illegal..I guess. Or definitely a no no if you want to take them to CC or Chaty to use on tip ups.. Colorado has strict rules of on bait that does not have a receipt. And they boat inspectors always ask if you have live aquatic bait.

As for catching them, I use a regular minnow trap and bread (or my buddy who is a pro at does). A lot of local creeks and drainages are home to the chubs. Just my thoughts. Also, make sure you have a LID on the container that they are in. They will jump out!


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