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by , Posted to on 01/23/2009 2:23 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/12/2002
Location: ND
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.
Re: Creek Chubs
by on 01/23/2009 2:24 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/08/2006
Location: ND
Think fat head minnows are the only legal baitfish
Re: Creek Chubs
by on 01/23/2009 2:53 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2003
Location: ND
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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Re: Creek Chubs
by on 01/23/2009 3:32 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/12/2002
Location: ND
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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by on 01/23/2009 4:19 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/31/2002
Location: ND
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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by on 01/23/2009 4:25 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
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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by on 01/23/2009 5:54 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/31/2005
Location: ND
scheels in fargo usually carries suckers up to about six inches in length








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Re: Creek Chubs
by on 01/23/2009 6:16 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/17/2004
Location: ND
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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by on 01/23/2009 6:33 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/06/2006
Location: SD
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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by on 01/23/2009 9:43 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/12/2002
Location: ND
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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by on 01/24/2009 02:56 AM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/27/2004
Location: ND
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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Re: Creek Chubs
by on 01/24/2009 03:33 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: MN
Creeks are legal, just not available due to no interstate transport restriction now in place.

Charlies Bait is working with ND G&F to figure out a safe program to get Creeks into our state for fisherman again.

For Charlie safety to our fisheries is his prime concern, once it is established as safe, we should see them in shops state wide again.

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by on 01/24/2009 08:52 AM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
What? Somebody is already trying to get a loophole built for them so they can make a buck. Who would have ever thought...


I hope he doesn't succeed or our no importation rules will mean nothing. Not like he will spend the money to test every shipment into the state for aquatic nuisance species (which would be thousands of dollars). So he would be looking for a one-time test my bait and then I can do it for X number of years before you test me again.

Which means he could deliver how many tanks full of ANS before it were to be discovered?


While I too would like the option to use suckers on Sak, they were a great bait for both eyes and pike. However, I have accepted not being able to use them for the good of the overall fisheries of ND because people wouldn't stop using them in the small lakes.

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by on 01/24/2009 12:50 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2002
Location: ND
Let's just ban all live bait, then we don't have to worry about the spread of ANS or any other undesireables in our waters. And the birds won't transport it either...will they?

Yah, right. We need less regulations. Common sense goes a long ways.

I hope Charlie's Bait and the NDGF get those creek chubs coming from Minnesota.
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by on 01/24/2009 2:42 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
I say we execute the first stupid SOB that through ignorance or intention eff's up our lakes.

Maybe make him eat all the chubs, spiny water fleas, zebra mussels along with his salad of curly leaf pondweed and eurasian milfoil.
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by on 01/24/2009 4:23 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/03/2003
Location: ND
Creek Chubs are also found in sloughs that are usually spring fed. Go and buy yourself a couple minnow traps , and experiment ponds,sloughs and creeks. With the recent drought conditions,chubs have been hard to come by. By the way, if you find the mother lode, I would keep it to yourself,or some people that you can trust to not reveal the locale.
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by on 01/24/2009 5:11 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/24/2006
Location: ND
i catch them on small hooks and worms on the heart over by the spillway by the golf course
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by on 01/24/2009 6:54 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/21/2003
Location: ND
The creek chubs are coming boys,the name of the business is Monster Minnows ,we are out of Hazen ND and I have two 15,000 gallon tanks with huge numbers.
I'll be selling them at the hook Line in Beulah to begin with,and expand from there.
I'll keep everyone posted on this website.
Curt
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by on 01/26/2009 07:48 AM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: MN
Allen settle down, I said he was working closely with the ND G&F to get them established...not smuggle them in during the dark of the night.

There are regional populations of Creeks in ND, just not enough to trap for sale. So new stocks are needed to raise them for sale.

Good to hear others are on this too, the need and market is there.

As a non invasive species and one that is known to be natural for our region, they are a good fit.

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by on 01/31/2009 03:03 AM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: MN
cortez12 if your going to have the Creek Chubs for Sale in the near or not so distant future please contact me as I may have an account for you and some questions.

backwtr1@msn.com

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by on 01/31/2009 2:58 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
Now that's what I like, a little good old ND entrepreneurship vs. seeking loopholes to import bait.
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