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Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Butler / Moshannon Pa
I’d have to think that the hole in the ice would be froze over now, with the cold temps we’re experiencing. If in doubt, I’d try setting baited sets with fresh cut aspen....pile up some pieces 12-16 inches long, 1 inch diameter. Scarf up a few of them to give the appearance of them being chewed. Try some food based beaver lure, poplar bud oil is a good attractor. Use biggest legal foothold you got, with a drowning slider to 3 feet of water. I like castor mound - mud pies in March, but otters are attracted to castor too.
I had an otter at a mud pie set that was unfortunately drowned 2 weeks ago. No one had ever seen or known of otters on this watershed, and there was no otter sign in the area. But they are turning up in new streams and rivers every year, good to see folks trying to avoid them if they can.