Are there large turtles where you fish?

Discussion in 'INDIANA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by Larry Beever, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

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    As well as fishing for cats I also target
    snapping turtles and softshells. Are any of you
    seeing an abundance of large turtles where
    you're fishing? A lot of fishermen hate them
    because they steal your bait. I'd be glad to
    come and thin them out. Thanks in advance
    for any info.
     
  2. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    well you should just jog on down to the white river somewhere with some bloody chicken liver and enjoy yourself. I've caught some nasty huge turtle's, snappers and soft shells...:wink:
     

  3. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    Bill's steering you in the right direction. There is an abundance of turtles in the White River. I'll occasionally get a big snapper while using bluegills for bait, the but the real annoyance is the exploding population of soft shells in there. They eat any bait I use in there: bluegills, goldfish, minnows, nightcrawlers, wheaty balls, corn, even had one hit a rubber worm in there one time. I like turtles and other reptiles, but there's entirely too many softshells in that river. On probably half of my catfishing outings there, I'll catch 3 turtles for every cat I catch.
     
  4. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    Yeah we have a few. Hope this pic works.
     
  5. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    Didn't get it but I will keep trying.
     
  6. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

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    I'm sure there are big turtles in White River.
    The only problem is that I catch turtles to eat
    and I'm afraid to eat anything from there.
    It's too bad. But thanks for the advice!
     
  7. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    don't blame ya there...but as you know, river and creeks are where you'll see the softshells.
    ponds that are around a river or stream will always contain snappers and sometimes a soft shell but I'd say the eatin size's in that pond migrate from a river you may not want to eat out of... unless it's an older pond our you eat sliders.?
     
  8. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

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    I usually fish at Eagle Creek and I hope that
    it's far enough from the river to be safe. I've
    been fishing for them there steadily since last year with no ill effects. As far as slider go
    I've heard that they are not safe to eat.I don't know why or if it's even true. But they
    don't get that big anyway. Thanks again!
     
  9. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

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    Hey Alan, We all Know that everything's BIG
    in Texas but it's too far for me to travel.
    I would still like to see the pics. Thanks Buddy!
     
  10. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    im with you on that, the most contaminated thing in any river certainly is the turtles. they have been absorbing contaminates a lot longer than the fish. we have some lakes up here with some 20 30#ers. long way to go for them, but if you want to know where drop me a PM.(NE indiana lakes)
     
  11. thenightstalker

    thenightstalker New Member

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    you need to hit up the eel river public access site in liberty mills just off highway 13. there are some HUGE turtles in that river. the best bait to use is some beef stew chunks that have sat out in the sun for 3 or 4 days. you can find the chunks in the meat section of the grocery store. livers will bring you lots of yellow bellies. stay with the chunks. the are thick and hearty and little fish cant pull them off your hook. they will land you nice turtles or nice cats. i use nothing but chunks, and do extremely well when i am fishing for them
     
  12. uttatoo

    uttatoo New Member

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    you are more than welcome to come to kansas and fish the arkansas river here in central kansas they are thick
     
  13. SkiMax

    SkiMax New Member

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    We have some excellent fishing for turtles here in South Eastern Indiana. I know of several guys that drive from 3-4 hours away. There are several creeks to try, I can give them to you if you want. We go out every once in a while and do it and you can expect to tangle with 10-15 softshells and 5-10 snappers in a night. The snappers run in the 10 pound range, with some being 30+ and the softshells are extremely big for a softshell. We use cut shad or chicken livers on tree lines.

    Note: They are coming from creeks that flow into the Ohio River if that makes you nervous.
     
  14. Pirate Jerry

    Pirate Jerry New Member

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    I know NE Florida is a bit far to go for turtles, but we have tons of big softshells. I use beef kidneys for turtle bait, cheap to buy and is really tough. very hard to get off the hook...
     
  15. paintball1022

    paintball1022 New Member

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    i was camping at sullivan and at the fish cleaning stations they had alot of turtles and pretty nice size to
     
  16. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    There are lots of turtles on the Arkansas River system. The big ones are alligator snapping turtles, and are protected as an endangered species. The largest one of these I've 'caught' was about 25#-30#. I say 'caught', because I had my daughter cut the line on it, rather than try to remove the hook or bring it into the boat. If it had gotten into the boat, I think we would have given it to him!
    The largest I've heard of being caught was in Piney Bay, off Lake Dardanelle, and weighed 125#. The guy brought in in, let the newspapers get photos, then took it back to where he caught it and released it. He was lucky. He could have been fined just for messing with it.
     
  17. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    i bet the article in the paper educated a few that didnt know better. glad the fuzz didnt ticket him! the pricks up here would probably ticket their own grandma for picking up a dead clam shell!
     
  18. tackleholic

    tackleholic New Member

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    I've caught a few down at Patoka lake. I've always turned them loose.
    Maybe I'll be able to save them for you the next time.
     
  19. Larry Beever

    Larry Beever New Member

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    I'd be verry apperciative if you did. I just hope hope it would be worth the effort for you to do that! Thanks,And I hope that there's
    something that I could do for you as well.
     
  20. motodragon2003

    motodragon2003 New Member

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    Glenn Flint Lake in Putnam county has some monsters in it as well as many young ones. Depending on what you like. I always catch a turtle out there.