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Waiting game for fishers #6705530
12/25/19 12:15 PM
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How often do you guys often wait for fishers? Iím specifically trapping PA so I guess we donít have a huge abundance but decent amount.

Do they take a while to come back through ? I just donít want to be setup in the wrong spot or are they passing it and not working it.

Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705539
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this guy was checkin a couple porkie trees almost daily.first spotted the sign in deer season and kept an eye on it.clear nights haven't been helpin with other critters though. [Linked Image]


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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705559
12/25/19 12:30 PM
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Set up near a stream ...in a canopy of pine and hemlocks.....waited 3 weeks for them


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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705597
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Leave your traps in place, you have such a short season, and fisher can take awhile to return. Try pre baiting before the season to get them coming and see which locations get hit.

Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: pcr2] #6705632
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Originally Posted by pcr2
this guy was checkin a couple porkie trees almost daily.first spotted the sign in deer season and kept an eye on it.clear nights haven't been helpin with other critters though. [Linked Image]


Saw your post, good catch , couldnít comment on it cuz I couldnít get logged in.

Thanks for the comments guys, I think it was Sunday I followed around a set a tracks for a while and made like 3 cubbies. Itís only been a few days and Iím not trying to sound Impatient (although I am excited !) Iím just kinda second guessing it.

My cubby sets were made in hemlocks with some springs running through and then a small marsh at the bottom.
Itís only been 3 days but I was anxious to see your guys experiences

Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705635
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good luck


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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705657
12/25/19 01:20 PM
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i say 5-7 days to make their route.but i had one take 31 days caught it on the last .


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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705665
12/25/19 01:36 PM
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Male and female will vary as to return duration. Females will return sooner whereas males may take two weeks plus from my observation.

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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705676
12/25/19 01:47 PM
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Almost always a waiting game


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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705722
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Thanks guys. Iíll give it a lil while yet before I start makin a new plan

Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Nessmuck] #6705750
12/25/19 04:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Nessmuck
Set up near a stream ...in a canopy of pine and hemlocks.....waited 3 weeks for them

One of my sets is along a stream in a cedar swamp. Just checked it this morning and had one run by my set by just a few feet and it didn't even break stride. Second time in a couple weeks where they've run right by me on a couple different sets and didn't even slow down.

They come through in the same general area but I don't have enough traps to plug all the holes. Sign shows up in different places every time they come through.


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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Posco] #6705772
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Why do you think their avoiding your sets ?

Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705779
12/25/19 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Wblineman
Why do you think their avoiding your sets ?


I don't think they are avoiding them, I think they are missing the wind on them. I have a roadkill skunk wired above that set, have Skunk Junk and Gusto pasted on there, too. Wired deer scraps to the tree.

I had one dance all over a set earlier in the year but it was after a snow/rain/freeze event. Fisher sign just showed up again the past two days so I regrouped a couple of sets and am hoping for the best. They seem to find every gap I have between my sets and I can't fill them all.

Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Posco] #6705850
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To much skunk lure IMO. Just use the deer scraps along with a beaver castor/anise lure.


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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: bctomcat] #6705858
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Originally Posted by bctomcat
To much skunk lure IMO. Just use the deer scraps along with a beaver castor/anise lure.


Thanks, bc. I have several sets out for fisher, all are baited with deer scraps due to a lack of beaver trapping. I use anise and beaver castor, too.

I normally don't go crazy with lure but I knew I was on location and the trap had been setting idle for quite a while. Figured I'd have a better chance of catching their nose.

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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Posco] #6705910
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Originally Posted by Posco
Originally Posted by bctomcat
To much skunk lure IMO. Just use the deer scraps along with a beaver castor/anise lure.


Thanks, bc. I have several sets out for fisher, all are baited with deer scraps due to a lack of beaver trapping. I use anise and beaver caster, too.

I normally don't go crazy with lure but I knew I was on location and the trap had been setting idle for quite a while. Figured I'd have a better chance of catching their nose.


Sounds to me like too heavy on the lure too (this coming from someone who makes and sells a skunky lure!) LDC certainly helps bring them in, but if you're dead on location, a little bit goes a long way. The last 3 fisher I've caught have been with very little lure use (lured 3-4 weeks ago and none since). I would try another set a ways back from your current set, bait only, no lure, and see what happens.

Far as the OP question on timing, anywhere from 1-3 weeks for return visit in my experience.
Also, I think walk-by's are pretty common. Seems like I'll have one walk by sometimes half a dozen sets, and suddenly decides to go into the next one. So many variables to consider, like how full is his stomach, is there something in your bait/lure/set that triggers curiosity etc, or something else distracts him halfway to your set. I think the key is lots of sets on good habitat and sign, variety of baits and lures, and patience.

Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: jwood] #6705919
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Originally Posted by jwood
Originally Posted by Posco


I normally don't go crazy with lure but I knew I was on location and the trap had been setting idle for quite a while. Figured I'd have a better chance of catching their nose.


Sounds to me like too heavy on the lure too (this coming from someone who makes and sells a skunky lure!) LDC certainly helps bring them in, but if you're dead on location, a little bit goes a long way.


Thanks, jwood. I didn't apply all of that lure all at once. This set has been on location for the better part of a month and I've added here and there as I've gone along. I always get cat and fisher sign along this stream bottom and was getting frustrated by the lack of sign. Still haven't seen a cat track there. The fisher didn't even break stride so I think it missed the wind. I haven't seen any evidence where it worked the set any time previously.

Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6705939
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they are full .


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Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Fisher Man] #6705989
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Originally Posted by Fisher Man
Leave your traps in place, you have such a short season, and fisher can take awhile to return. Try pre baiting before the season to get them coming and see which locations get hit.


What he said.



Re: Waiting game for fishers [Re: Wblineman] #6706021
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Posco....I trap the same running poles year after year. Are you in a new spot ? Are you on the ground with cubbies or leaning poles ? And a good storm front moving in will produce too. If the weather stays Un-eventfull ....itís a waiting game

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