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#10928844 - 06/19/15 04:24 PM perch traps
blooze Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 06/18/15
Posts: 3
Loc: kilgore, tx
I usually use white bread or hamburger buns to bait my traps. Was thinking that some type dog food, etc, might be easier. Any suggestions? Thanks

#10928861 - 06/19/15 04:28 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
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Perry Mason

Registered: 09/26/05
Posts: 21055
Loc: Lewisville
The topic of perch traps seems to get asked alot. Here's the relevant info from Texas fishing regs.

Perch Traps

For use in SALT WATER only.

May be used to take NONGAME fish only.
May not exceed 18 cubic feet.
Must be marked with a floating visible orange buoy not less than 6 inches in height and 6 inches in width. The buoy must have a gear tag valid only for 10 days attached.
Must be equipped with a degradable panel as described for crab traps.
Buoys or floats may not be made of plastic bottle(s) of any color or size.
It is unlawful to place any type of trap within the area in Cedar Bayou between a department sign erected where Mesquite Bay flows into Cedar Bayou and the department sign erected near the point where the pass empties into the Gulf of Mexico

Now if you were to ask me about baiting a minnow trap, I'd suggest that you get a prescription pill bottle, drill a bunch of holes into it, pack it with canned cat food or dog food and click the lid. Stick that in a minnow trap and you'll be good to go.
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I can't give legal advice yet, but this site may have some of the answers you need:

#10929531 - 06/19/15 11:14 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
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TFF Celebrity

Registered: 11/21/10
Posts: 6264
Loc: Argyle
I use range cubes and they work great! Throw it in the creek and come back the next day and it's full.

#10929558 - 06/19/15 11:25 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
Txmedic033 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 4592
Loc: Longview, Tx
Styrofoam cup or onion slices

#10931526 - 06/21/15 01:38 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
lmat Offline

Registered: 09/17/11
Posts: 79
Loc: San Angelo, TX
I use white bread and dump a can of tuna with oil on top.

#10931530 - 06/21/15 01:43 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
CrappieAddict Offline

Registered: 04/21/12
Posts: 74
Loc: Denton County
Corn on the cob works too. Tie it to the inside of the trap or it will disappear.
Is it possible to do something your whole life and still be an ameteur?

#10931813 - 06/21/15 06:15 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
7777 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/07/08
Posts: 4951
Loc: Natural Dam America
I always just use white bread.

#10941241 - 06/26/15 08:03 AM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 09/05/07
Posts: 5580
Loc: Cedar Creek Lake
I use dog food.

#10942457 - 06/26/15 05:12 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
mreed Online   content

Registered: 06/24/14
Posts: 65
Loc: Wise County
Do you guys set your trap on bottom or suspend it? Also what types of areas do you look for to set your trap in?
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#10946904 - 06/29/15 01:32 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
flyingmonkey70 Offline

Registered: 08/20/14
Posts: 109
Loc: Coppell/Cedar Creek Lake
mreeed: i'm no expert, but i enjoy trapping bait. i refuse to pay for it even though i've spent enough on cast nets and minnow/perch traps that it's probably cheaper to buy it.

i usually set mine on the bottom. it does seem like it catches better in water that is about 4-5 feet deep. it probably depends upon the structure in the area that you're trapping. if i throw my cast net over the plants that are growing near my dock there are usually perch there. if i cast the net where there are no plants i rarely catch any perch. so i would set them in an area where there is something that they would normally like to hide around.

anybody tried a bagel for bait. i was thinking about using that since they are a little tougher than white bread. i thought it might stay together longer.

#10947331 - 06/29/15 04:42 PM Re: perch traps [Re: blooze]
Knot Normal Offline

Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 374
Loc: Southeast Texas
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