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Discussion in 'Fishing' started by Foam Steak, Jan 26, 2009.
How do you find/catch them?
go to the inside bend in the creek, where the leaves and muck settle and collect. take a potato fork, or your hands and pitch a scoop of leaves up on the bank. the eels will squirm out and head back to the water. rub a little sand on your hands to be able to hold them.
That sums it up very well. I don't think there is a better "creek bait" than an eel!
Lickin river is fool of them
Fool of them? are you guys telling me the truth or funnin' the Yankee boy?
The Licking is full of them. I found them once on a "jig pole'n" expedition, down around Blue Licks. I found those under a bridge where debris had collected.
some places will have them, some won't. i used to hunt them in the gorge area, years ago. there are a few places here that have eels.
a good substitute are spring lizards. still hard to catch, but killer bait.
OK, thanks for the advice. I am going to give it a shot this summer.
Eels or lamprey?
The american eel spawns in the Sargasso Sea, I've never seen a small one. I've caught plenty that were 2-4 feet long.
Yes full of them, salamander's what I call water dogs is a much better bait and much easier to keep alive! Smallis freakin love em! I also love to fish with Hellgramites they are a smallie killer as well
These are not actually eels, but freshwater lampreys.(hyperoartia) I did witness a large group of adults spawning on a riffle one spring. Thats the only time I ever saw an adult. The adults and larval stage are quite different in appearance, and the larva actually go through a metamorphosis to become an adult. The larval stage, are the ones we collect from shoals, for bait.
An old timer taught me the trick to keeping keeping the eels alive, and I have kept them for up to a week.
Most people put them in a bucket full of the debris they came from, but this usually kills them quickly, because it drowns them. I just grab a few hand fulls of green tree leaves, wet them in the water, and put them in a cooler......then ad the eels. Keep them cool and damp.......that is the trick!
We have both in KY
There are seven lamprey species known to live in Kentucky - American Brook Lamprey; Chestnut Lamprey; Least Brook Lamprey; Mountain Brook Lamprey; Northern Brook Lamprey; Ohio Lamprey; and the Silver Lamprey, respectively. Lampreys are jawless eel-like fish with no bony skeleton.