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#6068686 - 11/29/17 10:17 AM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: lindner115]
ebsurveyor Offline
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Registered: 09/10/11
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Originally Posted By: lindner115
Originally Posted By: 330-Trapper
Last day today...see if we can fill my partners tags. 5 day season it's hard to do.


How do you pick location without snow and tracks. this is my first fisher tag. took me 7 years to get and i've only got 10 days to catch one.


This works for me, Pre-bait. Several years ago I experimented with pre-baiting. Because of special "Lynx Rules" where I trapped I wanted to use foothold traps. That required a 24 hour check so I wanted to catch fisher fast. I used beaver carcasses for bait and here is what I found. Some fisher hit and run and I did not catch fisher at those locations. Other fisher will stay on the bait until it is 100% gone. I was able to catch fisher quickly at those locations & several locations produced two fishers and some marten. If you have the time and energy pre-baiting will allow you to catch fisher quick.





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#6068810 - 11/29/17 01:34 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: ebsurveyor]
Mac Offline
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Registered: 12/23/06
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Loc: Maine
"This works for me, Pre-bait. Several years ago I experimented with pre-baiting. Because of special "Lynx Rules" where I trapped I wanted to use foothold traps. That required a 24 hour check so I wanted to catch fisher fast. I used beaver carcasses for bait and here is what I found. Some fisher hit and run and I did not catch fisher at those locations. Other fisher will stay on the bait until it is 100% gone. I was able to catch fisher quickly at those locations & several locations produced two fishers and some marten. If you have the time and energy pre-baiting will allow you to catch fisher quick."

Yup. Pretty much tells you one of the best strategies.
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#6069693 - 11/30/17 10:03 AM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Predatorfever32]
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Loc: Minnesota
ebsurveyor, Cool Pictures!!
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#6069731 - 11/30/17 10:53 AM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: 330-Trapper]
zallen Offline
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Loc: NH
330-Trapper - do you find that the skunks caught in connibears spray?
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#6069924 - 11/30/17 03:45 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: 330-Trapper]
ebsurveyor Offline
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Originally Posted By: 330-Trapper
ebsurveyor, Cool Pictures!!


Thanks, I have hundreds of them. This guy took about 200 before I moved the camera:










Edited by ebsurveyor (11/30/17 09:50 PM)

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#6069944 - 11/30/17 04:10 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: ebsurveyor]
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Registered: 01/08/07
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Loc: Northern Minnesota
Originally Posted By: ebsurveyor


This works for me, Pre-bait. Several years ago I experimented with pre-baiting. Because of special "Lynx Rules" where I trapped I wanted to use foothold traps. That required a 24 hour check so I wanted to catch fisher fast. I used beaver carcasses for bait and here is what I found. Some fisher hit and run and I did not catch fisher at those locations. Other fisher will stay on the bait until it is 100% gone. I was able to catch fisher quickly at those locations & several locations produced two fishers and some marten. If you have the time and energy pre-baiting will allow you to catch fisher quick.





Just curious do you ever notice if the females are more likely to stay around and work it for a few days than the males?

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#6069963 - 11/30/17 04:24 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: BernieB.]
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Originally Posted By: BernieB.
Just curious do you ever notice if the females are more likely to stay around and work it for a few days than the males?


Never thought about it but now that I do, you might be correct. I do know that I catch about three females to every two males at pre-bait locations.

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#6070103 - 11/30/17 06:21 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Predatorfever32]
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Registered: 11/05/17
Posts: 148
Loc: Maine, Aroostook
I was surprised a couple of days back when I saw fisher tracks on snow quite a ways out in an overgrown field littered with apple trees. It was obvious it was running rabbit (snowshoe hare) trails.

I was dragging a deer carcass to place as coyote bait (hunting) and dropped part of a hind leg in the vicinity of the fisher tracks. I went by there today and saw where something had dragged the leg under an evergreen. I presume it was the fisher.

I set a conibear box on the location. I'll let you know how I make out.

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#6070128 - 11/30/17 06:40 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Posco]
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Originally Posted By: Posco
I was surprised a couple of days back when I saw fisher tracks on snow quite a ways out in an overgrown field littered with apple trees. It was obvious it was running rabbit (snowshoe hare) trails.

I was dragging a deer carcass to place as coyote bait (hunting) and dropped part of a hind leg in the vicinity of the fisher tracks. I went by there today and saw where something had dragged the leg under an evergreen. I presume it was the fisher.

I set a conibear box on the location. I'll let you know how I make out.


Sometimes it works.


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#6070135 - 11/30/17 06:43 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Predatorfever32]
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Originally Posted By: Predatorfever32
I thought I would try our brief fisher season in my state. What do you guys do when specificially targeting fisher? What size do you use? What sets/Baits/ lure etc. I assume they don't mind excessive blocking.


Find a fisher trail. These track were not there four days ago. I made a set there today. I'll update if I get one.


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#6070148 - 11/30/17 06:55 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: ebsurveyor]
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Loc: Maine, Aroostook
I used the side entrance with baffle. Maybe I'm feeling overly optimistic but I'm looking for wide springs on the outside of that box tomorrow.

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#6070182 - 11/30/17 07:12 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: zallen]
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Originally Posted By: zallen
330-Trapper - do you find that the skunks caught in connibears spray?
Usually they just leak some ..but Belisles help with a quick dispatch
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#6070189 - 11/30/17 07:18 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Predatorfever32]
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Question about fisher for you seasoned guys. Is it normal for fisher to run together or are they typically a solo creature? I had scouting camera pics with as many as five fisher at a time sitting on my bear baits. Granola was the bait btw.

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#6070227 - 11/30/17 07:39 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: ebsurveyor]
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Registered: 12/10/11
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Loc: Baudette MN
Originally Posted By: ebsurveyor
Originally Posted By: Predatorfever32
I thought I would try our brief fisher season in my state. What do you guys do when specificially targeting fisher? What size do you use? What sets/Baits/ lure etc. I assume they don't mind excessive blocking.


Find a fisher trail. These track were not there four days ago. I made a set there today. I'll update if I get one.



I am betting you will catch that fisher 9 days from today!
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#6070348 - 11/30/17 08:30 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Posco]
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Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 6426
Loc: New Hampshire
Originally Posted By: Posco
Question about fisher for you seasoned guys. Is it normal for fisher to run together or are they typically a solo creature? I had scouting camera pics with as many as five fisher at a time sitting on my bear baits. Granola was the bait btw.


I always make at least 2 sets together....just in case a coon ends up in one....or you get a double. I alway use a leaning pole set ,for many reasons.

A....with the trap 5 feet off the ground...it's easy to see a catch from a distance...so you can keep your tracks in the snow away from the set (Theives).

B .....when it snows a foot....the cubbie is buried ...but the pole set is easy to Check

C....the catch is hanging ...not on the ground,where mice can chew on it.

D....with the skunk / Gusto ...5 feet up....helps to cast the scent a greater distance
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#6070415 - 11/30/17 09:22 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Nessmuck]
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Posts: 148
Loc: Maine, Aroostook
Originally Posted By: Nessmuck
Originally Posted By: Posco
Question about fisher for you seasoned guys. Is it normal for fisher to run together or are they typically a solo creature? I had scouting camera pics with as many as five fisher at a time sitting on my bear baits. Granola was the bait btw.


I always make at least 2 sets together....just in case a coon ends up in one....or you get a double. I alway use a leaning pole set ,for many reasons.

A....with the trap 5 feet off the ground...it's easy to see a catch from a distance...so you can keep your tracks in the snow away from the set (Theives).

B .....when it snows a foot....the cubbie is buried ...but the pole set is easy to Check

C....the catch is hanging ...not on the ground,where mice can chew on it.

D....with the skunk / Gusto ...5 feet up....helps to cast the scent a greater distance


Thanks for the tips, I'll use them.

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#6070428 - 11/30/17 09:34 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Nessmuck]
ebsurveyor Offline
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Originally Posted By: Nessmuck
Originally Posted By: Posco
Question about fisher for you seasoned guys. Is it normal for fisher to run together or are they typically a solo creature? I had scouting camera pics with as many as five fisher at a time sitting on my bear baits. Granola was the bait btw.


I always make at least 2 sets together....just in case a coon ends up in one....or you get a double. I alway use a leaning pole set ,for many reasons.

A....with the trap 5 feet off the ground...it's easy to see a catch from a distance...so you can keep your tracks in the snow away from the set (Theives).

B .....when it snows a foot....the cubbie is buried ...but the pole set is easy to Check

C....the catch is hanging ...not on the ground,where mice can chew on it.

D....with the skunk / Gusto ...5 feet up....helps to cast the scent a greater distance

'coons here are in for the winter, but I do make two sets at hot locations. Been trapping Maine for eight years and no one has messed with any of my fisher/marten sets.

No pole sets in Maine. All connies on land must be inside a lynx exclusion box. I always put my call lure up high, everything else in the box.

Fishers sometimes eat hanging stuff:





Edited by ebsurveyor (11/30/17 09:36 PM)

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#6070435 - 11/30/17 09:39 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Posco]
ebsurveyor Offline
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Registered: 09/10/11
Posts: 687
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Originally Posted By: Posco
Question about fisher for you seasoned guys. Is it normal for fisher to run together or are they typically a solo creature? I had scouting camera pics with as many as five fisher at a time sitting on my bear baits. Granola was the bait btw.


I've seen 100's of fisher in trail cams (bear baits) and have never seen more than one at a time. Some days we will have as many as 30 bear hunters setting on baits, they have reported 4 or 5 martens at the same time, but no one every reported more than single fishers.


Edited by ebsurveyor (11/30/17 09:44 PM)

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#6070439 - 11/30/17 09:41 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: FriarTuck]
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Originally Posted By: FriarTuck

I am betting you will catch that fisher 9 days from today!



Hope you're right.


Edited by ebsurveyor (11/30/17 09:41 PM)

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#6070444 - 11/30/17 09:48 PM Re: Fisher Trapping [Re: Predatorfever32]
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Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 6426
Loc: New Hampshire
You get a warm day in Fisher season...them coons will come out...been there ,done that.
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