Nov 11

One way to catch otter that may be eating way to much fish from ponds and creeks

by Clint Locklear, Predator Control Group

There is no question that every beaver and otter trapper has spent way to much time blocking down a creek. The concept of using brush, grass and anything you can get your hands on to direct an otter or a beaver to swim or walk into a body grip trap is not a new idea. This approach is as old as the conibear itself. The problem with this system is that sometimes there is way too much time and energy is spent finding material to block down a creek. I have found that with a little planning, this process can be sped up to make more time for the important things in life, catching far more fur. 

Over the years I have tried to find a way to speed up the process of blocking down any creek. What to do, what to do?You could keep walking further for the set and end up wasting a lot more of your valuable time. Or, you could plan ahead and be up and running in a minute or two.

You could throw a roll of 2″ x 4″  of wire in the back of your truck. Cut a section of wire and stretch the wire across the creek and leave enough space to slide the conibears on the ends of the wire. Some locations you may want to have the hole in middle of the fence to cover a deeper part of the creek. You will have to read the water and guess were the beaver or otter will swim in the creek. Then beat two t-bars into the bottom of the creek to hold the wire to the bottom of the creek. Next  wire the top of the wire in place by tying off to some small trees.  I started running fence across all of the difficult creeks I came across. I was amazed, the fence worked like a champ. I made the fence fit my locations and forced any animal that wanted to move up and down the creek go through my conibears.

I have been using this system for years now. Since that time there has been a lot of fur taken and a lot of lessons learned using fence to block down a creek.


  1. Cav

    Great idea Clint. I’ve got some spots that will work slick in.

  2. Beavertrapper

    Now that’s a great idea!

    Do you install the fence straight across the creek or have you found that a ‘V’ shape funnel is better?

    1. admin

      Straight across has worked the best. It is easy to do, the animals will find the holes you make for them. By using a “v” shape, you will need a lot more fence to cover a creek, and fence does not grow on tree’s.
      I like to set them out a week or two ahead of time if I can, the animals will work right threw the holes and they will be used to it.

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