Post By: principalbean Posted: 2/17/2019 2:13:51 AMPoints: 0
I feel dumb for asking this. I'm in West Arvada and have enjoyed ice fishing at Chatfield, but I cannot figure out a bait shop that doesn't take me into Denver. Where can I buy some minnows without back tracking?
Discount tackle on Santa fe has minnows,but the hrs may not fit your travel time. I'd buy a fish tank aireator at Walmart and a battery powered air pump,buy the minnows the day before and keep them on an air pump over night. That's how I do it. I buy my minnows at Bills on Washington st. and keep them on the back porch over night where its cool. I,too live in Arvada and there is no real way to get minnows around here.
Reply by: i2fly Posted: Feb. 17, 8:28:50 AM Points: 1783
I work part time at Sportmanís and get asked all the time about minnows. Billís and Discount are the only 2 places I know of that sell them. Tough deal for those who like the live minnows.
I fish flies only. I have had tremendous success with the balanced minnow pattern. Maybe that and some shad scents could help you find willing fish. Iíve been working on some heavy hooks in a white glow pattern for those of you that fish deep for lakers. Iíve gotten good response from the guys at work.
Live bait is hard to beat. But there are always options that also work. Thatís fishing....
I have a 120 V power converter built in to my truck,so I use a fish tank air pump in the truck and at home.I also have a battery powered air pump from Frailbil that runs on two D cells.In the winter the water gets cold and minnows don't use a lot of oxegen . . .if you have enough water,you can keep one or two dozen minnows alive with little or no air pump. B.T.W. . . .Valley Tackle has minnows,too.
Reply by: JCricket Posted: Feb. 18, 7:56:09 AM Points: 886
Hey, I haven't checked the regs so do so first. Pets mart sells what they cal "rosie reds". These are just fathead minnows. I am not sure if they would work, but I thought I might pass the idea along. I have seen them in both a pink and a grey at PetsMart. Anyone use these? Are they legal?
The Outdoorsmenís Attic ... Federal and 285. Price is right and they have a punch card. Also the staff are super cool and they have a ton of gear you didnít know you needed for cheap. Highly recommend.