Where to catch/net mudpuppies?

  • chex
    Posts: 2

    My young daughters are intrigued with these axolotl creatures they’ve seen on YouTube. We are a hiking family and we’ve caught all kinds of amphibians and reptiles. I mentioned a few weeks ago that before they were born, I used to hand catch mud puppies in Trego, Wisconsin. I don’t think we can accomplish this one. At least not around here.

    Does anyone know of a shallow creek where we can spot one? We live in the cities but we travel all over every weekend to hike and fish.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Posts: 338

    There are tons in the st croix. They can be annoying when trying to sturgeon fish in the winter. Maybe try there or the feeder creeks that lead to it.

    Shell Rock Iowa
    Posts: 2831

    In Minnesota, mudpuppies inhabit the Mississippi, St. Croix, Minnesota, and Red river drainages. Most recorded sightings have been on the state’s eastern and western edges, except for a few records along the Minnesota River.


    River Falls, WI
    Posts: 1306

    Out in Prescott, north of the bridge around point Douglas park. Lay down a sturgeon rig, you’ll catch mud puppies almost guaranteed.

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