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#7839 - 08/07/08 06:24 PM Muskrats in streams
skunkid Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/17/08
Posts: 14
Loc: Alma Center, Wisconsin
I have seen muskrat in a small stream while fishin. The stream is 8' wide and 3-5' deep. The water is farly fast moving. What are some good sets and traps?

#7840 - 08/08/08 01:18 PM Re: Muskrats in streams
cjstrapping Offline

Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 239
Loc: NorthWest Ohio
Setting den entrances with body grip traps work great in these locations, as well as colony traps (box traps) in the "runs" leading to the holes. Depending on the depth of the water, hipboots or waders may be needed to find these entrances with your foot, while wading. Often, these holes and runs are a few feet from the bank. Another consideration, is sign trapping them, which is making mud slides from the waters edge, up the bank. These are made about 4" wide, and run up the bank a couple feet or so. I prefer 1 1/2" longsprings, but coils can be used. These are staked with a tally pole, to deeper water, and the trap is bedded at the base of the slide, just under water. Muskrats swimming by will quickly be drawn to these mud slides, and approach them at the base, where your trap is set. After caught, the weight of the traps will quickly drown them, given there is a foot or 2 of water where staked. Now, having said that, if otter or beaver occupy this same stretch of creek, you may want to avoid the "sign" trapping, and stick with the first mentioned.
Float sets may be an option too.
Good luck!
(Check local laws on whether or not colony traps are legal to use)

#7841 - 08/10/08 09:36 PM Re: Muskrats in streams
Dale F Offline

Registered: 01/09/01
Posts: 552
Loc: Erie, IL
Pocket sets would work, if there are many rats here, you should be able to find where they are coming and going. Set these spots blind or put in pocket sets near these. Moving water like you mentioned and anything you can find above the water will more and likely be used to climb on. Dale

#7842 - 08/27/08 08:40 PM Re: Muskrats in streams
Lost trapper Offline

Registered: 02/15/08
Posts: 136
Loc: lower michigan
Check your local laws, alot of states make it illegal to set den entrances. Look for places they are climbing out of the water to feed, and for toilet stations. The rats are already using them all you have to do is make a solid trap bed, and stake the trap well. I tried colony traps for the first time last year. they are very much worth looking into. If the water is moving fast at those depths you may want to use a staff with a hook on the end to retrieve your catch from shore, just to be safe.
Have fun, Lost

#7843 - 08/28/08 01:16 PM Re: Muskrats in streams
Hal Offline

Registered: 07/17/00
Posts: 10236
Loc: Blue Creek, Ohio, USA
Actually, I believe there are very few states which prohibit setting the entrance of a muskrat den, but it is imperative that trappers know the regulations for the area they are trapping.

Endeavor to persevere.

#27011 - 01/07/20 04:55 PM Re: Muskrats in streams [Re: skunkid]
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