Trap Nets

trap net illustration
  • Long lead net that diverts fish into an enclosure (heart) and through a tunnel into a pot (Whitefish naturally lead into pot).
  • The net has a 1000 foot 14 inch stretched mesh lead.
  • Submerged closed-top hearts and pots supported by floats, frames, and anchors.
  • Trap nets have wing nets leading into a V-shaped heart and box-shaped pot.
  • Trap Nets typically fish in water shallower than 90 feet.
  • Shallow water trap net-lead averages 15 ft or less in depth; and the pot 2 -15 ft in depth and 6-15 ft in length.
  • Deep water trap net-lead averages 35 ft or more in depth; and the pot averages 20-40 ft in depth and length.
  • Trap Nets often have a flag marker buoy or float at the lead end toward shore and the main anchor end lakeward.
  • The pot always has a flag marker buoy.
  • Floats may also be present at the ends of the wings