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Anyone in the lower part of Tioga County trapping muskrat this year ?

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Re: Muskrat trapping

You mean there are muskrats in Pennsylvania?

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This will be my first year muskrat trapping in Lycoming county
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Re: Muskrat trapping

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Anyone in the lower part of Tioga County trapping muskrat this year ?
Sure is. Only thing is, where I know of any is on private property and I don't have permission.

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You mean there are muskrats in Pennsylvania?
You joking trapper? When we were kids we used to make a lot of money. The river was loaded with them. Lots of huts. Not sure why but the numbers dropped off. One thing the river changed a lot. It got cleaner. When we were kids only bugs that hatched were mosquitos and gnats and lots of them. Now it is cleaned up pretty good and the fish numbers are real good and mayflies actually hatch on the Susquehanna. Don't know if the clean-up affected the population or what but it sure made it a nice place.

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Re: Muskrat trapping

I was told by a long time trapper, that heron kill a lot of the muskrat young. I don't see any signs of them here around the harrisburg area.

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I was told by a long time trapper, that heron kill a lot of the muskrat young. I don't see any signs of them here around the harrisburg area.
Betting big fish do also. Maybe that is one of the reasons. I saw a picture of a trout that died trying to swallow a baby muskrat. Imagine all the bass, carp, and pike that are thriving in the Susky now.

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I saw a bass eat a baby muskrat when we were fishing on a pond one day. It was swimming along and wham a big bass took it right in front of our eyes. Pretty spectacular.
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I was told by a long time trapper, that heron kill a lot of the muskrat young. I don't see any signs of them here around the harrisburg area.
Yea and you know how many big catfish there are in the Susky. I never really put it together until this thread. Maybe years ago when they were thick as fleas on a hound it was because fish could not survive in the Susky. Now it is pretty well cleaned up and a pretty good fishery and those fish can prey on baby muskrats. Heck there have been flys for as long as I can remember to represent a baby mouse. Maybe ought to move some of this thread to the fishing section and see if anybody actually uses a rig with a baby mouse for bait. I can rembember years ago seeing in a magazine a rig for using a baby mouse for fishing. I truely think we are on to something here.

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big fish do eat muskrat... My buddy has a few muskrat fishing lures he uses for musky. No joke, those things catch them big ones...
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