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    Thread: Anyone have any tips on how to catch goldfish

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      Anyone have any tips on how to catch goldfish

      in a pond? Using a net is practically impossible unless there's something I'm not aware of. I need to catch some small ones to put into my aquarium and also to put into my other fish pond. I have plants in the ponds and also in the aquarium. Any tips would be appreciated. I've even gotten into the pond which is just 18" deep and have removed the plants to try to catch some. Whew! What a job! They're very fast and obviously wary of me now.

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      I feed, they come, I attack! lol
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      thanks, but I tried that. As soon as I put the net into the water they

      scattered! I'll try again this evening when I get home from work.

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      Wait until it gets really cold out so they are slowed down. If you can get a second person with a net as well one person can slowly aproach from the front while the second person sneaks in from the back.
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      I like the 2-person approach, but don't know that I can find

      anyone who'd be willing to help. Maybe with 2 nets, though, I could catch one with one or the other of them! Thanks for the suggestions.

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      Walmart/Cabelas/GanderMountain have Frabill minnow traps. SOme have had success with these. Bait with food they go gaga for.

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      you can try the minnow traps, it might work. Some people put a clear plastic bag over the net frame, and the fish can't see it and swim right through, but its hard to attach and can't be moved fast. The only thing that's worked for me is to dewater the pond with a sump pump, then get in and net what you want (or all). That's the way its done even with ponds up to 1 acre in size with a large seine net to skim the mud. If you have any tubs you can save part or all of the water to refill with. Good Luck!

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      Thanks - I was just reading about minnow traps. I'm going to

      Walmart after work to look into getting one. That might be my answer! I don't want to hurt or traumatize them, but chasing them around the pool with a net seems pretty traumatic for them as well as me!

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      The 2 people with a net thing is the only thing that works for us. It that or blocking off parts of the pond. The minnow trap not so much.
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      drop the net down and walk away. Come back and drop some food in and when they come to feed, lift it up.

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      Thanks for all the suggestions! I ended up removing all the plants, putting in a baited minnow trap (caught one almost immediately) and got in the pool with 2 nets. I ended up putting 4-5 in my new pond and 4 in the aquarium. They're about 3-4 inches. I fed them some algae wafers and a little goldfish flakes. They're staying near the bottom and look sort of nervous, but I can certainly understand why - it's qute a change for them. I'll test the water again tomorrow. I put in a little additional Amquel and also some pond water with the fish, as a partial water change. Hopefully things will go smoothly.

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      DD always catches mine. I remove everything from the tank in the fall and she just walkes around with a big long handled net that we lined with pettycoat net and catches them quick as you can. She has 20/20 vision.

      She culls also, "This one is cute...keep him...etc." The 10 or so babies that we kept last fall had scads of babies this summer....gggggdddddddddd...they were in the new lily tank by themselves too.
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      Invest in a seine net that will help immensely. You can corral them.
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      Glad you caught them. I haven't had to catch mine yet, but I dread the day if I ever need to.

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      We always have such trouble catching our fish, my husband gets in the pond with a net or two, I'm on the side with a net and still those fish are way too quick for us. They'll tease my husband and swim between his legs but they're fast, so for us it comes down to draining the pond water down a bit so we can coral them better.
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      Bigger net works for me all the time. Use one of those pond nets - they are bout 16 bucs at petsmart.

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      Hi All,
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      Sorley,
      I have a 30x25 mud pond that has about 2 to 3 hundred goldfish and about 30 to 40 Koi in it. My Koi are starting to reproduce. For the last 2 years I've been using a 4 ft throw net. But now with at the water lilies I use a dip net. It's about 2.5 ft sguare net with a wire frame. I put it on an end of a pole and put it in the water. I feed the fish and then lift the net. It doesn't harm the fish at all. I've caught about 150 fish so far. But I have at least an other 150 or so to catch. It's getting hard to find people who want all these fish. Unforthunatly it will scare the Koi away for a while, but the goldfish will still come back. I keep the net in the water all the time.
      I hope this helps!! Good luck!!
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      we end up draing the pond down to the point where they are trapped in the deep section and then dh stripps down to his undies and goes in with the net.lol it is a sight


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      LOL! Sounds effective, though - guess the fish go into shock giving him a better chance to catch them?

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      that and he is a red head and those white legs of his


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