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Winter Trekking Ice Fishing => Winter Trekking Ice Fishing => : Forse07 November 30, 2016, 01:01:09 PM

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: Minnows
: Forse07 November 30, 2016, 01:01:09 PM
What doe people use for bringing live minnows on trips? As long as the lake allows I bring them on all of my trips and I feel like I can improve my method of transporting them. Right now I leave them in the plastic bag inside of my minnow bucket. Just curious to know what other people do and how they pack them down as I feel like my bucket is never quite secure.
: Re: Minnows
: fisherman November 30, 2016, 02:44:27 PM
i use small thermos cooler.
change water daily and they will last indefinitely.

when i used to exclusively cold camp i
would use a Nalgene and put in the sleeping bag.
dont recommend that and or miss those days lol

(http://i855.photobucket.com/albums/ab120/swilliamson221/144.jpg)
: Re: Minnows
: kiggy November 30, 2016, 03:51:24 PM
I am using hard cooler too, at night I  bury it in the snow.
: Re: Minnows
: Forse07 November 30, 2016, 03:55:10 PM
That's brilliant. Is that half gallon? I typically bring a couple dozen fatheads which keep pretty well as long as they don't freeze.
Thanks for your input!
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: fisherman November 30, 2016, 06:04:39 PM
one litre capacity, but i only fill about 3/4 full.
i take the thermos lid off at night to keep them healthy

: Re: Minnows
: Bioguide November 30, 2016, 06:16:39 PM
Good minnow bucket idea fisherman.
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: fisherman November 30, 2016, 07:11:32 PM
Thanks Bioguide.


edit to add:
think I actually leave the lid off most of the time :)

: Re: Minnows
: SnowHam13 December 03, 2016, 10:52:44 AM
ya that is the same unit I use for ice fishing on a regular basis
keeps them from getting ''stiff''  ;)

SnowHam13
: Re: Minnows
: Forse07 January 04, 2017, 01:04:43 PM
We took our first trip of the season last week and I purchased a 1 gallon cheap plastic thermos and it worked perfect. There was a little ice build up from the walk in but nothing major. I changed the water daily and only had a handful of minnows die during the 5 days we were there. It was nice knowing I didn't have to worry about the water spilling on the trek in. Thanks again for your help!
: Re: Minnows
: fisherman January 10, 2017, 04:40:10 PM
good to hear it worked for ya.

i also only use small minnows (targeting pan fry specs) which i think
helps w longevity, seein as the thermos is small.
typically take 3/4 dozen per trip.

btw
how was the fishing?
please share any pics you might have.
: Re: Minnows
: Forse07 January 13, 2017, 12:23:45 PM
The fishing was good. The lake we went to is generally a pike lake but can produce walleye now and then. We caught a couple dozen pike or so using fatheads. Not much for size as the biggest one was maybe 27" but plenty of action. I have some pictures on my go pro that I still need to get onto my computer and then I can post.
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: fisherman January 13, 2017, 07:10:16 PM
nice work. sounds like you had a great time.
congrats on the pike!