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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-02-2018, 09:12 PM
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Use a portable car battery jump starter a 10' length of heavy gauge wire, 2 strand.
Hit the local creek and don't forget the net.

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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-02-2018, 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted by icemole View Post
For the catfish you can find hatchlings grouped up in bait balls along the shore in the spring. There is a short window before they disperse, just remember there is a 50 fish limit. As mentioned bigger cats will survive in a bucket (might want to go with a cooler/air for a couple of cats).
I've seen this, but I was not certain of the legality of taking some.

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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-03-2018, 01:07 PM
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There are no size limits on cats and you are allowed 50. You must catch gamefish by hook+line to use them as bait(must be legal size and obey creel limits) BUT neither catfish or panfish are classified as a gamefish. Haven't done it for a long time but for stonecats we would hold a net below rocks and flip them over.

HOWEVER there are a few endangered ones that are off limits .... so know what you got in your bait bucket !

The only other thing that might come into play is you are not allowed to "stock" fish in a drainage that those fish don't live in already(I think channels + bullheads are everywhere). Somewhere on the PFBC site is a list of what is in where.

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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-03-2018, 03:23 PM
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I see you're in Royersford head to Loch Alsh reservoir and just corn on a small hook. I've consistency caught carp in the 5-10" range no problem there.
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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-11-2018, 12:32 PM
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I have a small pond (3/4 acre) that I was stocking a few years ago . I asked my neighbor if I could put a minnow trap in his pond, sorted out sunfish ,perch, crappies , bullheads and bass put them in my pond. Also I was at the boat launch at Steven Forster lake, and there was 20-30 little bullheads in the sea weed right on the shore . At first I thought they were tadpoles, but they were bullheads. Scooped them up and put them in my pond. I hope I don’t get any carp, rock bass, or,Pickerel. Good luck.
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post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-18-2018, 12:05 AM
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Find the lakes with a dam.. near the water line there will be areas that the rocks have small pockets of water underneat.. drop a red worm down into those holes and you will catch small catfish..
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