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Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: That.darn.coon] #8088824
02/29/24 08:30 AM
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Good posts guys...for us otter rookies....much appreciated.

Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: That.darn.coon] #8093744
03/06/24 11:50 AM
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There is an old saying that says something to the effect of, "Some don't know what they don't know." I say this in reference to otters and bait. Otters, a lot of otters, can and are caught with bait. I wish it wasn't so but I catch several every year in baited pocket sets and have to let them go because our otter season isn't in yet. AND, if I wanted to catch otters in baited pockets, I would catch more if I set for them by moving the trap back away from the hole 3 or 4 inches instead of having it tight to the hole. Fish and muskrats are my baits that catch otters.

We don't have a lot of otters compared to Mississippi and other southern states but we have enough of them to be a real nuisance. This year I caught 10 otters in Ohio and 7 of them were caught in baited sets. Thankfully I missed at least that many more.

When I trapped Miss. I didn't use any bait because there were crossovers and runs everywhere. Here in Ohio, unless trapping in a beaver swamp, we don't have those kind of options.


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Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: Computer Hater] #8093769
03/06/24 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Computer Hater
There is an old saying that says something to the effect of, "Some don't know what they don't know." I say this in reference to otters and bait. Otters, a lot of otters, can and are caught with bait. I wish it wasn't so but I catch several every year in baited pocket sets and have to let them go because our otter season isn't in yet. AND, if I wanted to catch otters in baited pockets, I would catch more if I set for them by moving the trap back away from the hole 3 or 4 inches instead of having it tight to the hole. Fish and muskrats are my baits that catch otters.

We don't have a lot of otters compared to Mississippi and other southern states but we have enough of them to be a real nuisance. This year I caught 10 otters in Ohio and 7 of them were caught in baited sets. Thankfully I missed at least that many more.

When I trapped Miss. I didn't use any bait because there were crossovers and runs everywhere. Here in Ohio, unless trapping in a beaver swamp, we don't have those kind of options.


Exactly. I catch more otters in a season then most do in a lifetime and it all comes down to where I'm trapping. Crawfish ponds its setting on crossovers and runs. In the 500,000 acre swamp that is my backyard you have to bait for them as there are no set routes. Its pretty easy trapping otters on small rivers and streams as you blind set sign. You get into the swamps where it takes you a hour boat ride and then another hour of polling a pirogue to get to the trappng grounds you better know how to set pocket sets as the otters have hundreds of square miles of ankle to waiste deep swamp it roams. They have food here 365 days a year without waterways freezing over. If you are catching them, keep doing it. It doesn't matter how you do it, just stack the bodies.

Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: That.darn.coon] #8094265
03/07/24 08:06 AM
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Otters are far more curious than they are hungry.


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Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: That.darn.coon] #8094325
03/07/24 09:47 AM
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By their nature, that stands as a fact for most wildlife. They are very curious and opportunists. Some more than others. But still part of their makeup and those traits certainly contribute to their survival and demise at the same time. Things get tricky when those few get educated and begin to associate circumstances with experiences.

Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: That.darn.coon] #8099093
03/13/24 08:43 PM
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Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: That.darn.coon] #8099094
03/13/24 08:45 PM
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Thanks for posting that for me Doug.

Those 2 otters didn't know that they couldn't be caught on bait.


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Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: That.darn.coon] #8099934
03/15/24 01:23 AM
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Bait in the Midwest works on otter, but you better be willing to deal with a heckuva bunch of coon in the process.
That was fine and dandy when we had a coon market and I was going after them in conjunction anyway.

Re: Bait and lure for otter [Re: That.darn.coon] #8100702
03/16/24 06:08 AM
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Dale Billingsley has some very good otter advice on YouTube. Specifically what lure type they really like on dry sets.

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