Bait Fish Holding Tank

Bait Fish Holding Tank

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How to set up a holding tank for accumulating live bait fish.

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  1. You gave advice "To let tap water sit". This does evaporate chlorine.
    Some municipalities use chloramine or other chemicals. Chloramine will stay dissolved at atmospheric pressure. Only a proper water treatment chemical designed to render this inert will work.
    Check your with your local water company!

  2. I wondered about feeding them. I was thinking that a lot of the bait fish that I buy are probably starving and why they aren't as lively to start with. I was wondering about creating a bait tank and storing the bait fish for a day or so and feeding them to see if they are more lively on the hook? Any opinions on this?

  3. You dont "raise" bait fish. You catch them, and keep them in a tank at home. So when you go fishing, you already have bait ready to go.

  4. I think a light bulb, or maybe better yet, a bug zapper, would be an excellent idea for feeding the fish. I find that store bought minnows eat commercial fish food just fine. However, wild bream won't touch fish food unless you have some store-bought bait fish mixed with them. Once they see the store-bought fish feeding on the the fish food, they catch on quickly. I guess they simply don't recognize the food flakes/pellets as food, given it's different than anything they've encountered.

  5. My state has a number of requirements for those who raise or sell live bait. Various states also have regulations pertaining to importing live bait fish from other states. Obviously, the regulations you are subject to depend upon your own state.

  6. could someone raise fishing bait to sell and not have to have license to do so? oh and jst an idea and yes i know it could be a unsafe one if it fell into the water but lol its a thought though. couldnt you hook up a light that will hang so far above the water so bugs will attract to it and feed the fish at the same time? but the light on one end so its not too much for the fish so they have one side to get away from the light if they need to.

  7. Great idea! My son and I were just discussing this very thing. Guess I got to go find a stock tank and air pump now! Thank you.

  8. My shad tank is setup like that. It has a belt driven oil pump off a Ford something. My friend works at a junkyard and we rigged it up with a huge airstone on the bottom, and the hose is slpiced so it shoots air out of another stone to make the water swirl clockwise. This gives them a little current to swim in. I add Kosher salt after I drain it and fill it again. Keeps there scales on. Black is a must for color and I have a screen to keep them in the shade and form jumping out!

  9. The hot summer and live bait don't mix well. It's hard to keep alive in the bucket or on the hook. If fact, live bait is so short-lived once hooked in hot weather, I mostly fish with it in fall and winter. A little ice in the bait bucket will help get the live bait to the lake, but you have to slowly adjust the temp to the lake temp, or the temperature shock will kill them when you hook them and toss in the water. They need plenty of aeration too. I use batter powered aerator in boat.

  10. I live in a place where it gets110 in the summer and I live on a river. Is there a way to keep my water cool my bait won't die.

  11. @lizardsrulz33 – In a pond, or in a holding tank? I really don't know anything about yellow perch. Pickeral are a predator, eating other fish. In a pond, they would obviously need a population of some prey species such as bream on which to feed in order to thrive. I tried to keep a baby pickerel alive in an aquarium once (maybe 6" long). He didn't very long.

  12. @BucksBassnBeards Guess that depends on exactly what you mean by "polywogs." I've heard that term applied to everything from frog tadpoles to bullhead (mud cat) catfish. I suspect bluegill will eat tadpoles. Bullhead catfish will eat small bluegill, or anything that will fit in their mouth, for that matter.

  13. @BucksBassnBeards If you have some slope to the area where you're building your pond, you might try rigging it with a mini spillway. That way you could allow it to overflow, yet direct that overflow out of the way. Might be a lot simpler than having to always be waiting around with a tarp for when it rains. I always hate creating anything that then requires extra ongoing work on my part. Just a thought.

  14. @TheLeftylegend14 – Thanks. It's a simple idea that's worked well for me. It's kept an air pump dry outdoors for some two years now.

  15. @fainey911 I've seen a guy use an old chest-type deep freeze. He ran a couple of hoses from his pond to the deep freeze and rigged up a circulation pump on a timer to run about an hour every day. It changed out about 20% of the water daily, eliminating manual water changes.

  16. awesome vid yo. i made a bait holding tank out of an old washtube. i moved it over to a creek close by and ran a hose from the creek into the tub.

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