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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Catching Fish

One of the joys of spring and summer is time spent fishing. The Farmers’ Almanac has a popular Fishing Calendar which offers the best days and times for fishing. We also have this available online. Here is a recent question that may be of interest::

I have a friend who made a minnow trap for me, but I have had no luck with catching minnows. Can you tell me some tips for better results? thank you, Frankie

“Minnow” refers to a small silvery fish used as bait to catch the “big ones”. The good thing about minnows is that they are plentiful. Once you have a trap, you should be able to catch them. I don’t know where you live or where you are fishing but they are usually plentiful at inlets and outlets to streams or under bridges. If your minnow trap is too new (shiny), they may stay away. It is best when the trap is a little rusty or worn. If it is metal, scuff it a bit with sandpaper. If you take some oatmeal or pedigree dog food and wrap it in cheesecloth and put it in the trap, it will start to disintegrate. In a couple days, your minnow cup will overflow.

Be sure to check out our fishing calendar and if you get a “big one” go to our forum and post it. After all any good fisherman worth his or her weight has a great catch to share.

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