Wait, don’t toss out those dead minnows! Here’s how to give floaters a second life to still catch fish
#6 NEEDS SALT
An effective and inexpensive way to preserve leftover dead minnows for later use is to cure them with salt. Drenched in salt and stored in small containers, minnows can potentially last for months if you keep them refrigerated. Just be mindful that they’ll count towards your legal possession limit of minnows. Also be sure to check all other bait regulations in your area. If you’re fishing outside of your home Bait Management Zone in Ontario, for example, minnows need to be discarded after two weeks. As well, both dead and live minnows (and leeches) cannot be transported out of the BMZ where they were purchased or captured.