Different types of leeches
4/21/14 @ 4:24 PM
I have a pond with leeches in it and i was thinking about trapping them out. I caught a couple by the dock last year and they looked different than the ones you buy from the bait shop. I did a little research on the kind of leech and came up with it being a medicine leech. I was curious if anyone has had any experience or luck with this type of leech.
Edited on 5/6/15 6:51 PM
5/6/15 @ 6:53 PM
5/4/14 @ 10:24 PM
The leeches sold in bait stores are not the parasitic leeches that suck blood. The common bait leeches live in the muck and sediments hunting for smaller bugs that live there. They are "predatory" leeches. They seem to be the hot bait some summers at the lake I fish in Minnesota. Not so much in Green Bay.
Edited on 5/4/14 10:28 PM
5/4/14 @ 1:07 AM
5/2/14 @ 4:22 PM
the ones you want for fishing are called Ribbon Leeches, the fish can tell the difference between the two. Best place to find and trap Ribbon leeches is in lakes and ponds that have had a total fish kill or very shallow. the kinds of lakes that freeze all the way and have very little oxygen content. Best time to catch them is at night and check your traps early inthe morning, if you dont check them early enough the leeches will leave the traps. Beef liver in a coffee can with small holes works great, take it out to a silted pond about knee deep.
4/22/14 @ 8:28 AM
" in the store are the kind that eat dead fish and stuff, not blood "
That's right. The one that are good are the black ones. The bloodsuckers are brown with very small brown dots. They must admit a foul order and must taste bad to the fish.