Re: NANFA--Minnow Trap Advice

Bruce Stallsmith (
Fri, 26 Jan 2001 09:40:13 -0500

>If you want a sinking trap get a metal one. Use a plastic trap that
>floats to catch fishes near the surface. Funny though , I usually have
>poor luck with Fundulus. But small sunfishes are usually suckers for
>traps. They apparently enter out of curiosity. Same for many fishes
>including mudminnows and madtoms that frequently enter unbaited metal
>traps when I set them in my pond to sample the populations.
>Could be something about the metal that attracts fish.

Fundulus heteroclitus, mummichogs, can be caught by the trapload in salt
marsh areas, along with F. majalis and silversides. Freshwater Fundulus spp.
seem to be less inclined to enter traps. And sunfish are total suckers for
traps, along with Gambusia and stonerollers.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

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