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  • Crappie (minnows)

    Posted by brian-graves on July 17, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Where do all of you crappie guys get your minnows? I’ve been gettting them at the BP over near Walter Hill, but a few times they have ran out and they are fairly expensive. $1.79 a dozen.

    I’d like to find somewhere to get them by the pound. I also have a small spring fed pond on my farm that I am considering converting into a minnow pond, but it does have several blue gill in it and I wonder if they will just eat them faster than they can spawn.

    Where can I get a deal on minnows by the pound?

    Brian, where do you get your minnows?

    tinyspace replied 9 years ago 6 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Brian

    Administrator
    July 17, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I get mine at fate sanders. 1.95. Do not get them at four corners… $3.25 a dozen!!! And it went up to $8 to launch there.

  • krogers79

    Member
    July 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Brian,

    Have you found that store bought minnows die quicker in the warm water this time of year? I have a buddy that fishes at night and he switches to creek minnows this time of year because they are accustomed to 80 degree water. Growing up we always had a pond that we kept minnows in and they would live through a nuclear attack I think.

  • brian-graves

    Member
    July 17, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Yea, i’ve noticed that they die very quickly in the summer when we fish at night. I believe its that they are accustomed to the cold water at the baintshop/store and then shocked when put in the lake.

    I’ve been dumping my left over minnows in my small pond at the farm. I’ve noticed I have several in there from me dumping them in there over the years. You can see dozens on top of the water and I’m curious how many I have. I’m going to drop a trap Saturday and see just how many I can catch. I may have a ton in there that I don’t know about.

    I’m also going to dump around 2-4 pounds in there next spring and see if they can multiply and use them instead of buying them so often.

  • krogers79

    Member
    July 17, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Oh, they will multiply. 😀 We had one pond that we could catch 10 dozen every time we threw a trap in and I don’t think we ever made a dent in them.

  • brian-graves

    Member
    July 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    That’s what I’m looking for! I have a small spring fed pond. It’s around 20 yards by 10 yards but it’s around 3-6 feet deep. Perfect for a minnow pond. Its always full and completely shaded. Good spring feeds it. Im going to keep getting the fish out of it and I won’t have to keep buying minnows every week.

  • gmedlin

    Member
    July 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I usually get my minnows at Big Charlie’s on M’boro Road just coming into Smyrna from M’boro. Also I have had fairly good luck at the gas station at Gillsville at the corner of Jefferson Pike and Nissan Blvd.

    Unrelated but for those of you who have gotten minnows in the past from Miss Nancy at Big Charlie’s, unfortunately she died a couple of weeks ago. She was always so nice and had a smile for everyone. She was 90 years old.

  • Brian

    Administrator
    July 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Store minnows from cold water will die quicker in the summer. I try to get them down quickly and out of the 80 degree surface temperature.

  • brian-graves

    Member
    July 19, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Fished last night and we caught around 15 keeper crappie. As you said minnows was dying within a minute or two. Crazy.

    But the surface temp was 89 degrees. Like bath water!

  • krogers79

    Member
    July 19, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    If you can’t find creek/pond minnows and you must buy store minnows in the summer time, temper the water little by little. When you get to the lake, take a cup of lake water and bump in the bucket or bait tank. Do this until you have successfully removed all cold water and they will adjust to it with no problems and survive much longer.

    Keith

  • triton98

    Member
    July 19, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Very sad to hear about miss nancy. I first started knowing her when she had the bait shop in Lavergne many years back. Extremely nice Lady.

  • tinyspace

    Member
    July 20, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I buy minnows at Poindexters Bait Shop. They are around $15 a pound with different sizes available. It is located in Gallatin on hwy 109 maybe a mile north of the 109 bridge on the left if you are comming from I-40.

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