The Rosy Red Minnow

What is a rosy red minnow? Will they work as Crappie Bait?

Rosy red minnows are part of the flathead minnow family and are not a natural breed of minnow. Billy Brand Fishery, Inc developed the rosy red minnow because it is more visible than its natural cousin, the flathead minnow. The rosy red minnow is light orange in color, where the flathead minnow is olive brown to black in color.

The rosy red minnows reproduce at quite a fast rate, thus making it easy for breeders to supply the demand of people wishing to use them as bait. Generally you can pick up a dozen rosy red minnows for about $1 from any pet store, where they are sold for feeding carnivorous pet fish. 

Many people use rosy red minnows as bait to catch larger fish, including crappie. The reason rosy reds are used is because of their coloring. The idea is that have a brighter fish will let the larger fish see their “prey” more easily and you will get more bites.

The best time to use rosy red minnows as bait for Crappie fishing is when the light is low or the water your fishing in is murky as this will help the fish find your bait. During times when the water is clear it can pay to use the normal flathead minnows that are darker in color as these have a coloring that Crappie are used to seeing in their natural habitat.

Overall, if the situation is right rosy red minnows will work as a great bait for Crappie fishing, its all about choosing the right moment.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow crappie fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on crappie fishing since 2004.

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