Post by larry workman on Mar 14, 2020 9:30:40 GMT -5
I'm strictly a land trapper and I have otter(s) eating all my farm pond catfish. I can't find any slides, toilets, etc. Can they be caught in cage traps (large) and what kind of bait? I catch them on trail cams.
I have gone to a fish market and got buckets full of catfish heads and bodies. Great bait. Never tried catching one in a live trap but several years ago I built some cages that a 280 fits in perfectly. I put the 280 in the cage with the fish in the back and stake it with the 280 in the water and the fish in the cage on dry ground. Caught many that way..
Post by thumbcatcher on Mar 16, 2020 19:54:32 GMT -5
These guys are 10x better trappers than me but I have to say I find it hard to believe there isn't a Toilet around that pond at some place you might not even think of,,, it maybe 40 to 50 ft away from the pond. No offense in asking but have you ever seen a otter toilet or otter poop. Is it level around the pond or does it have banks? any concentration of fish in one spot, look for tracks in the mud were they step out for a blind set.
I had a call on a otter problem and it took me a good while to figure it out, catfish laying on the dock 1/2 eaten and around the edges man they were frantic for me to get the otters?
Post by larry workman on Mar 17, 2020 8:55:22 GMT -5
My email is email@example.com. I have 3 ponds and banks vary in slope. It's wooded 50-60 ft from edges. I have seen toilets around ponds in FL and I've been a trapper for a LONG time, read numerous books/articles, watched videos, etc. so can do whatever is advised. I tried large live traps baited with thawed trout from my freezer with no luck. I did find tracks on a little bridge on feeder stream and set cam on it but no pics. I have 300 acres and catch them on cams a half mile from river, running around in weird places. But t hey've definitely wiped out all the catfish in all 3 ponds. It took me seeing one on trail cam to finally figure out why I no longer had fish coming to food, ha.
My advice on baiting otter is make sure its were there hunting I mean in hunting type cover. I have little luck baiting otter in places where there not actively hunting and not just the pond but in specific places like brush piles or under cut banks or cattail stands. I'd also think about backing off the pond and going to the stream there comeing from and set heavy its likely a family group and you want to bust as many as you can first lick cause you wont get much chance from them again. Colt