Minnow Trappers Face Difficult Future
Flathead minnows were once a solid local business. Environment and development have changed lives.
This story caught our eye and when we were first reading it we figured it might be from Australia - the concept of "minnow trappers" just did not trigger our fishing consciousness. Turns out the minnow trappers in question - watching a once strong local trade vanish to development - are from Minnesota (Mankota to be exact).
The story came from the Mankota Free Press.
Stopping into a bait shop for a scoop of crappie minnows, shiners or fathead minnows is a Minnesota tradition. But supplying those bait shops has become increasingly more difficult as invasive species infest more lakes and minnow waters have disappeared or been transformed into rearing ponds.
"The resources isn't what it once was," said minnow trapper Craig Berberich. "Years ago there were at least six bait trappers in Mankato and today there's zero. There's a lot of changes. Wetlands and sloughs that produced bait are drained now and produce corn and beans."
The whole story is here.