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Old 03-18-2006, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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At elevenmile and the Fork you are not allowed to use live bait but I have heard that you are allowed to use something called a waterdog. Does anybody know where you can get these things? I usually get my bait at Gander Mtn. in Aurora and they do not carry them.

In addition, do pike really hit these?
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Old 03-18-2006, 05:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I thought a waterdog was sort of like a salamander, but I could be mistaken. I think I have also heard of these being used for pike but again, I'ts been a long time so I don't know for sure.
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I think a waterdog is a tad pole.
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Water dogs (also called hellbenders and mud puppies) are live bait. Whoever told you otherwise is misinformed.

They are the juvenile forms of salamanders -- but they never grow into the adult form. Instead, they spend their entire life under water. They eat crayfish, aquatic insects, and small fish. Big bass love them.

They taste like chicken.

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Old 03-18-2006, 06:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Any ideas on where to get them?
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Old 03-18-2006, 06:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/narcam/idguide/atigrin.htm
The picture at the bottom of the page is a waterdog (tiger salamander larvae.)
They are legal to use in all of mountain lakes (except for fly and lure only places) because they are not fish. Most guys use them for pike, although some use them for big lake trout, bass, and walleyes.

We do carry them regularly at Gander Mtn during ice season (they usually sell out as soon as we get them). We usually have a hard time getting them in the open water months because the bait guys can sell them for so much more in the southern states.
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Old 03-18-2006, 07:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any ideas on where they can be caught
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Absolute Anglers had them for ice fishing but I don't know if they stock them now or in the warmer months
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Does anyone have any ideas on where they can be caught
In basement window sills, caves, ponds, or very moist areas.... in warmer areas. In Colorado I would have to say you'd have to be on the plains to catch them. I think the climate along the Front Range and Western Slope isnt warm enough for them. (I could be wrong) I use to catch alot of them as a kid in small caves along the river and at my Aunts house in the basment window sills under the leaves, in Nebraska. In North Carolina I could catch them on small flies or jigs right out of the ponds, a buddy of mine use to net them there too.



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High Country Bass'n'Shop should have them. I would call first though (303)934-4156.
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