Re: NANFA-- NC SC use of minnow traps

Todd Crail (
Fri, 23 Jan 2004 15:17:35 -0500

It's also possible to kill the fish in the traps if they're left at the
water's surface over plants or in shallow water etc by leaving them exposed
to the direct sun. This is particularly deadly if they enter the traps at
night and then are forced to stay once the sun starts doing its thing.

So if you're trying to allow for other critters to breathe, remember you may
end up with dead fish.

Probably the best thing to do is never leave them unattended within reason
(while you're working other habitat in the same area). Period. Salami or
beef liver tied in a nylon bag to the trap gets their attention quickly
enough that they don't have to sit for very long.


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Subject: Re: NANFA-- NC SC use of minnow traps

> When placing traps, it is also possible to drown crawfish when the O2
> are below their tolerance levels. I've been there and done that
> Especially when the water that the traps are placed in suddenly turn from
> flowing water to stagnant (black) water which is extremely low in
> oxygen.
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