Hey guys I'm running a small k9 line right now and i seen a mink 2 days ago in the creek nearby.. did some more scouting by walking up and down the creek and found 3 sand bars with fresh mink tracks.. Id like to catch one now lol...
Any advice for somebody that has never set for mink nor caught one?
I've caught more mink using the bottom edge set caught larger buck mink using the baited pocket set.
That being said, my favorite set would be the pocket set because of the multi species capabilities of the set. My favorite mink only set would be the bottom edge.
Get yourself a plastic pvc pipe or even corrugated black pipe. Cut it about 4 or 5 feet in legenth. Bait both ends with something fishy and set 2 traps inside the pipe on each end. This will keep all the ice and snow off of your traps. Many days I have came up and had two mink caught. Best part is you can leave the pipes there year after year and not have to worry about having a place to set a trap.
You only have 6 days left for mink so I would set as many traps as you have at that location. Set every trail and tunnel you can find along the bank on both sides. With this cold and snow coming the mink will likely be on the bottom. Set all protruding points with bottom edge sets and maybe some baited bottom sets. I would move away from the sandbars. They are tough to set. The only success I've had on mink on sandbars is making dirtholes. But as I said, cold and snow will keep them in the water. As a rule in freezing weather, I keep conibears either completely submerged or completely out of water and they will ice up and malfunction otherwise.