While fishermen often target chub for sportfishing, chub minnows are preferred baitfish for landing catfish and walleye. Chub are freshwater fish and members of the carp family, commonly found in streams in Europe and North America. An adult can grow up to 2 feet long and weigh 18 pounds, but the minnows are just the right size for that hungry bottom-feeder you're looking to land. While no hard and fast rules on what type of chub to use exist, fishermen often use the common creek chub.
Items you will need
- Fishing net
- 2 pails
- Large hook
Fish out chub from a creek using a net. Scoop them up as you find them -- usually in shallow, relatively still pools -- and place them in a pail filled with water from the stream. You can also check with an area bait shop to see if they have them or if they can recommend streams in which they run.
Place the pail full of chub minnows in the boat and place a cover over it to protect them from direct sunlight. Change the water if they are gasping for air and the water has turned cloudy. Keep an extra pail with you in case this happens, and use water from the lake or stream to replace the dirty water.
Tie weights to the line, so that the baitfish sinks. Insert a large hook under the lower lip of the chub minnow, pushing through the top lip so that the chub is facing the hook. Or, insert the hook through the back at the dorsal fin, avoiding the spine.
Cast the baited line once and let it sink. Jerk it off the bottom a little bit at regular intervals until you feel a tug. Walleyes, catfish, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and brown trout like to eat creek chubs, so concentrate your casts in an area where you've spotted individuals or schools of these fish -- typically near shore foraging on vegetation.