Any tips for catching live minnows at Lake Bullen Merri?

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Any tips for catching live minnows at Lake Bullen Merri?

Post by Woofi » Sun Jun 19, 2022 6:46 pm

Hi all, fairly new to fishing (took it up during Covid) and still learning. Just wondering if anyone had any tips for catching live bait at Lake Bullen Merri?

I have heard it was easy and just put in a bait trap with a tin of seafood or fish based cat food inside and throw it in the water. Within an hour you will have heaps.

So knowing the above I went to Lake Bullen Merri and proceeded to fail and only catch two minnows lol.

What I did, put a small can of fish (tuna I believe) into the net and put it off the boat club jetty. This is where I got two, but it was extremely shallow. I think the net was in there for about 40+ minutes. A fisherman there told me I needed to throw it out deeper. So I put the seafood cat food in as well and through it out as far as I could from the fishing club jetty and left it for 20+ minnows and got nothing. I then tried closer to the boat ramp under construction in some deeper water and after about 15mins there I got nothing. After failing so spectacularly I kayaked out to go fish my only two minnows.

So all, what did I do wrong and what do I have to do different to get success?
- Is there a better spot on the lake to throw my trap?
- Do I need waders to get out deeper?
- Should I be using a small or large tin of bait?
- Should I be using a different type of bait?

Thanks all in advance for the help
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Re: Any tips for catching live minnows at Lake Bullen Merri?

Post by sandef » Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:14 pm

You can't transport them to another lake you must use them in Bullen Merri can cat food in a bait trap look for some weed beds

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Re: Any tips for catching live minnows at Lake Bullen Merri?

Post by Seniorfisho » Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:18 pm

Hey mate. I usually throw my trap off the jetty in front of the clubhouse. I did what you did and usually only have to wait 15 mins to get a **** load. Being winter, they are a bit harder to get. They don't like windy days and you get much more when it's calm. I've been getting from there for years and I can't work out what you did wrong. I use pellets but I have used everything from dog food toi cat food and they all get minnows

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Re: Any tips for catching live minnows at Lake Bullen Merri?

Post by Seniorfisho » Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:20 pm

sandef wrote:
Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:14 pm
You can't transport them to another lake you must use them in Bullen Merri can cat food in a bait trap look for some weed beds
There is no weed at BM, no structure what so ever except the boat ramp, it's just all volcanic sand

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Re: Any tips for catching live minnows at Lake Bullen Merri?

Post by Woofi » Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:28 pm

I probably should have added this was early in the morning from 6am until about 7:30am. Does the time of day have an impact?

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Post by Seniorfisho » Sun Jun 19, 2022 8:35 pm

Woofi wrote:
Sun Jun 19, 2022 7:28 pm
I probably should have added this was early in the morning from 6am until about 7:30am. Does the time of day have an impact?
Should not make a difference, if anything it should be better. There wasn't ant blue green algae was there? The only thing I can think of is that it's getting a bit cold for them

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Re: Any tips for catching live minnows at Lake Bullen Merri?

Post by Woofi » Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:15 pm

Just in case anyone comes back to this thread I ended up working out the issue.

I was determined to work out what was going wrong before I went back there fishing properly so I have been back twice this week.

The first time I went back I tried a different spot on the lake but still came home with donuts after two hours. On the way home I got another net from Kmart to try next time. The new net I picked up was green as compared to the other one which was blue.

The next time I went out I tried them both. After 20 minutes the green net had heaps of minnows in it and the blue net had nothing. I tried the blue net with the exact same contents in the exact same spot as the green net was, left it another 20 minutes and it had only 2 minnows. Back in the drink for all the minnows.

So at the moment the minnows simply just don't like blue nets.

Lesson learnt and now I have two different colour nets just incase the fish don't like one colour.

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Post by Paulanderson » Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:43 pm

Well Woofi all I can say is 10 points for trying and great that you had success. Many if not most of us would not have though minnows would not like blue nets!

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Re: Any tips for catching live minnows at Lake Bullen Merri?

Post by Seniorfisho » Sun Jun 26, 2022 7:11 pm

Woofi wrote:
Sun Jun 26, 2022 2:15 pm
Just in case anyone comes back to this thread I ended up working out the issue.

I was determined to work out what was going wrong before I went back there fishing properly so I have been back twice this week.

The first time I went back I tried a different spot on the lake but still came home with donuts after two hours. On the way home I got another net from Kmart to try next time. The new net I picked up was green as compared to the other one which was blue.

The next time I went out I tried them both. After 20 minutes the green net had heaps of minnows in it and the blue net had nothing. I tried the blue net with the exact same contents in the exact same spot as the green net was, left it another 20 minutes and it had only 2 minnows. Back in the drink for all the minnows.

So at the moment the minnows simply just don't like blue nets.

Lesson learnt and now I have two different colour nets just incase the fish don't like one colour.
I've only ever used the brown traps from anaconda, never thought they mightn't like blue nets

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