Unearth the Secrets of Canadian Nightcrawlers: A Guide to the Perfect Fishing Bait

Canadian Nightcrawlers are treasured among seasoned anglers. Why is this so, you may ask? Well, simple – these sizeable residents of Canada are a favorite amongst many fish species. But, capturing these burrowers and keeping them fresh and lively for your fishing trip needs a bit of know-how. Let’s delve right in!

Understanding Canadian Nightcrawlers

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Primarily found in the Ontario region of Canada, but also spotted in the Appalachian Mountains, these elongated creatures choose to begin their food hunt only when the sky dims. Their impressive length (some measure more than a foot!) and vigorous temperament make them an irresistible temptation for an array of fish varieties including carp, catfish, specific bass types, sunfish, trout, and walleye.

Tips for Catching and Hooking Nightcrawlers

Hand holding Canadian Nightcrawlers from a bucket
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Have you wondered why these creatures are named as ‘night’ crawlers? Their nocturnal nature marks the perfect time for us to catch them. Owing to their substantial bodies, you can effortlessly hook these nightcrawlers. What’s more interesting? They continue their enticing wriggle dance for a while, even after hooking!

Preserving the Vitality of Canadian Nightcrawlers

Hands holding a set of Canadian Nightcrawlers
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Whether you buy them from a local bait shop or capture them yourselves, maintaining their vitality is crucial. So, how do you keep these nightcrawlers lively and robust?

  • Keep them in a cool container (an old coffee tin works great) filled with moist dirt.
  • Ensure the container is placed in a cool and shady place. Nightcrawlers are particularly sensitive to temperatures above 70 degrees.
  • Remember, the more animated your nightcrawler, the more irresistible it is for those fishes!

Raising Your Own Canadian Nightcrawlers

Hands holding a set of Canadian Nightcrawlers worms
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For those interested, raising your own set of Canadian Nightcrawlers could turn out to be quite an adventure. It might require some effort, but with the right approach, it is achievable. Here are the steps:

  • Begin by buying some nightcrawlers from a local store or even online.
  • Transfer them into a container with pre-filled dirt and place it in your refrigerator. Remember, they thrive in cool temperature around 60 degrees.
  • Ensure that the soil is moist but not drenched.
  • Feed them every alternate day with leaves of lettuce, fruits, fruit skins or even your morning coffee grounds! Just remember not to leave the scraps too long, or it could turn rotten.

With these useful strategies at your disposal, I trust your forthcoming fishing trips with the handy Canadian Nightcrawlers will turn out more successful!

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