Found In My Minnow Bucket!

Discussion in 'LOCAL PENNSYLVANIA TALK' started by Pennsylvaniacatchaser, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    One of the topics that we touch on a lot around here is how do invasive species end up in bodies of water that they are not native . I bought 2 dozen minnows from local bait shop on Monday for my Steelhead trip to Erie yesterday. I dumped the leftovers into a larger tank with a bubbler today and guess what? There was baby Catfish in there! :crazy: Not sure what type it is but had I dumped my bucket into another body of water I would have introduced this Catfish to a water where it is perhaps not native! This just got me thinkin' of a way a species can get introduced without a person realizing they did it! Pic attached.
     

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  2. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    It might be a stone cat. They are awsome for bass. Don't let it stick ya or you will be sorry:wink:.
    It kinda looks like a baby Flathead.
     

  3. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    Very true Scott, that's how it happens! Looks like bullhead.
     
  4. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    I would put that sucker in a tank until he is about 6" then use him for bait
     
  5. DIESELkat

    DIESELkat New Member

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    Looks like a baby flat, what are you going to do with it? It would be pretty cool to raise it for a while and see what it grows into.
     
  6. PHLIPS4BIGKATS

    PHLIPS4BIGKATS New Member

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    It looks like a baby flathead. When I was little we would catch them while saining and use them for bait. Now I wouldn't think of doin that.
     
  7. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    that would be cool ta see what it grows up ta be, does look like a flat but at that size i guess they all look alike, i'm sure the game commission has made this mistake before
     
  8. jolie

    jolie New Member

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    sneak it into a channel catfish stocking in a major western PA lake:smile2::smile2:

    ...just don't get caught
     
  9. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    I have it in a tank with about 10 gallon of water right now along with about 5 dozen other minnows. I'm not going to use it for bait, my kids think its cute! :roll_eyes: I guess I'll try to keep it alive, not sure what to feed it.
     
  10. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    Jason our resident mad scientist can probably find that out for ya:wink:
     
  11. Angler Ace

    Angler Ace New Member

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    Scott, That is exactly why I can't use LIVE bait where I fish.
     
  12. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    If it wasn't for invasive species, I'd be sucking my thumb and fishing for smallmouth bass!

    May he/she grow up to be the next PA state record!

    Long live Scott's new pet!
     
  13. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    I'd still be fishing for channels and carp!Thank God for Flatheads:wink:
     
  14. DIESELkat

    DIESELkat New Member

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    I kinda wondered about what to feed it too. I dont know if it would eat wax worms or red worms or not. I guess try and do some research and find out what baby cats eat.
     
  15. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    all catfish will eat worms and when bigger will start to eat live fish.
     
  16. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 Well-Known Member

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    I am sure it would eat just about anything you put in there.
     
  17. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    I would put that sucker in a tank also
     
  18. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i'd put it in my tank but my oscar would eat it, that would be cool ta watch grow up, i'd feed it any flake food or pellets until it got a little bigger to start feeding guppies and get that little kitty used ta live food:wink:
     
  19. bw69r

    bw69r Well-Known Member

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    Scott get some red worms and feed away. many moons ago when i was in elementary school we had a small catfish like that and we fed it red worms and man did that thing grow fast. next up were nightcrawlers and then it started on the frogs and tadpoles that were in there with it,then it graduated to minnows. you feed them and they will grow.
     
  20. lance

    lance New Member

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    Could be a madtom !