What eats minnows?

What eats minnows?

Turtles, raccoons and other animals eat minnows as well as larger fish. The minnow is used as a baitfish and larger fish such as walleyes, trout, bass, crappies and salmon will eat the minnows for food source. Minnows have been a way for anglers to catch the fish specie that they are fishing for on the open waters. Minnows range in size from small to large, with the largest being about four to six inches depending on where you go. Most minnows don’t live long enough to mature to a larger length since they are food for other fish. Smaller minnows are used during the spring for fishing, while, larger minnows work well during the fall months when the fish are looking for large baitfish before the winter months. There is always a supply of minnows to catch and use as bait. Like goldfish, minnows multiply quickly and the young grow quickly. Lake Michigan for one has a large population of minnows. Beside the fish and other animals eating the minnows, people catch minnows and have leftovers for next time so they salt the minnows to keep them for the next time. Salted minnows will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month. These minnows are used to bait the larger fish and they still work very well even though the salted minnows are dead bait. Some people eat minnows as well, but it takes a lot of minnows to fill one up. Someone that has had a minnow meal is the only one that knows what the taste is.


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