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Wildcat
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Creek Chubs

I like using creek chubs for bait, but usually I can't find them at any bait shops. I've tried to catch them myself but I haven't had any luck. Anyone got any info on where I can buy some, or I'd really appreciate any info on how to catch them myself and where to catch them.

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Think fat head minnows are the only legal baitfish

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Depending on the lake creek chubs are legal.  In Sakakawea they are.  You will have very little luck finding them in ND bait shops.  Last time I bought some Beulah had them but I doubt they do on a regular basis.  Other than that, you will have to catch or trap your own.  Creek chubs are named creek chubs for a reason...you find them in creeks :-)

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Yeah they are legal on any lake that you can use minnows as far as I know. I have tried to trap and catch them on Fish Creek (not the lake the actual creek that feeds into it) and Sweet Briar Creek. Had a buddy help me use a seine net on Sweet briar creek all we got was bullhead and fathead minnows.

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there is a small horseshoe dam nw of burlington we call lux's dam. the last weekend of april is the tail end of the chub run but the best time to catch them. the pool below the falls holds thousand of large creek chubs. catch them with small piece of angle worm on a light telescopic rod, long shank barbless thin wire hook @ about 8" below a stationary tiny bobber. bring a 5 gallon pale with a lid as they will jump out of the bucket. have a cooler with exterior ariation system ready in the truck with river water. access the gravel road that is parallel to the hwy drive up the road/driveway to the river, the dam is actually next to the hwy but that property is posted. park on the shoulder of the gravel, walk the ditch to the trees and thru to the dam, (it feels like your sneaking in). the banks are extremely difficult from the riprap.

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Careful what you advertise about the seine Wildcat. I dont agree with it, but they are not legal for catching baitfish in ND. I think its a conspiracy to keep bait dealers in business myself!

 

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scheels in fargo usually carries suckers up to about six inches in length


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Pioneer bait in Jamestown can get almost anything as far as bait if it's legal and you call and ask.
I don't know the laws here for trapping for personal use, but in Colorado we used them for Pike and Lake Trout fishing. We would catch both suckers and chubs using the regular cone shaped minnow trap. We made bigger versions ourselves or opened the holes up a little. We used a couple cans of soft dog food and opened 1 end and punched holes in the other. We put it in a little current so it would slowly wash the dog food out and get the smell moving. Sometimes we'd get so many in the trap that no more would fit. They'd be all around the trap when we'd pull it out.

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In SD I used to be able to get them in spring and fall. Ive asked about them this last year and they said there was zero chance of them getting any creek chubs. A friend of mine lets people that run a bait bussiness trap bait off his land and last fall even they didn't have any! I wonder what happened to the creek chub, or did it become illegal to take them?

 

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HUNMUP: Thanks for the tip, I lived in Burlington for awhile so I just might be able to find that spot..now I have all winter to figure out how I'm gonna keep em alive if I manage to catch a few. Not sure if my girlfriend would appreciate an aquarium full of creek chubs in the living room!
Lycanthrope: Just looked at the proclamation and it doesn't say you can't use a seine but doesn't say you can either. so I won't do that again.

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I've trapped them on my own. Most creeks in SW ND has them. Kind of a pain to keep them alive in the summer although my late gramps was a master at finding them and keeping them alive in the old cream can. Who needs an aerator when you have grampa Henry's cream can full of his speacial blend of creek and well water.

I've used them on Sak for walleyes and they work well. One time I was using about a 6 incher when the game and fish boat pulled up and they were real curious to know where I got my bait. I think they thought we were using suckers and had to check us out or maybe it was the Old Milwaukee Light that got their attention. I'll never know and didnt bother to ask.

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