The traditional bottle trap is quite effective: you need one of those bottles with an inverted bottom which you knock out, tie strong string on the neck and around the body, pop a few bits of bread in the bottle and make sure the top is screwed on,lower into water in a minnow populated area and leave for 10 minutes, or longer if necessary.
Gerry, get some plastic lemonade/coke bottles 2 lt size and cut the cap end off cut at about 3ins back from the cap and invert back into the bottle and fasten with paper clips. Burn holes in the bottle with a hot nail/soldering iron, attach string to one of the holes you have made and put some bread and stones( to sink it) in the bottle and chuck in the water where there are minnows, leave for 20 or so mins and pull in with the string you tied to the bottle and you should have minnows.
I make about half a dozen at a time and put them in various locations as sometimes you get minnows in one location one day but not the next.
good luck ...james.
Thanks James for the 'Blue Peter' traps.
It all of course hinges on 'where there are minnows'. I can see myself getting quite intense about this minnow fishing lark and
can see this thread goning on well into the summer
Hey, my friend Matthew and I have made quite a "sport" of minnow fishing. those long "pole" rods that you sometimes see being used sometimes have an end piece with elastic/rubber end to witch you attach leeder and a v.v. tiny hook, or fly. We then use these for when its just too hot, catching the minnow(s), and then releasing them or whatever you prefer. Good fun, and an interesting start for the v. small members of the family. We found a neigbour of Matthews who would lend us the end of his pole. Good luck, and have fun !
I have used the glass and now plastic bottle traps over many years. Very effective. I believe it helps if there is some flow through the bottle so with the glass bottles I place a piece of nylon mesh (a piece of old stocking/tights will do) and with the plastic type I burn a series of small holes into the end. I use large pieces of bread crusts that stay jammed into the bottle but releases small particles into the flow as an attraction.
ps. if you live near the Dane in Cheshire please come and take all the minnows you can find - bring a tipper truck....... you'd never
Surely Gerry,if the by-law about fishing for trout in the Thames states that it is legal to use live minnows for bait does that not give explicit permission to catch the minnows in the first place?
Re the minnow traps, I have a small telescopic minnow trap that I've had for about 40 years, its very similar the the plastic bottle type described by David. If I can dig it out I'll bring it up to SWP next week so you can have a butchers.