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Old 05-15-2019, 04:28 PM   #1
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Good, bad, or just ugly?

So my FIL has been catching these turtles from our neighborhood pond. He caught 2 yesterday & another 5-6 today using chicken on a bare hook.

So my question is, are these turtles bad for a 2 acre pond as far as eating up the minnows/sunfish/bass?

Should we catch & kill them?

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Old 05-15-2019, 04:28 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:31 PM   #3
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Soft shells are pretty decent to eat. Not sure about how they are on fish.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:40 PM   #4
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You should catch and cook them.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:42 PM   #5
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I don't think softshells eat fish, but I could be wrong.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:42 PM   #6
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We definitely thought about cooking one up

Ill bet hed catch some & we could give them to anyone interested
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:44 PM   #7
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Don't know about softshells, never ate one, but snapping turtles are very good to eat. They're a little stinky to dress though, especially the big ones. I would say if you had a bunch of turtles in a small pond, you might want to take some of them out, but I can't see them hurting your fish population much.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:47 PM   #8
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I cant imagine the soft shells posing a threat to your fish but Im in for a more informed answer.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:50 PM   #9
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Google Says:

Spiny softshell turtles are mainly carnivorous, and they eat any aquatic life small enough to capture. They can eat crayfish, insects, fish, and even aquatic plants. They either search for food actively or bury themselves in the sand, mud, or gravel, waiting for unsuspecting prey to swim by.


I guess if there were a bunch, they could do some damage.
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Old 05-15-2019, 04:54 PM   #10
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Used to catch quite a few softshells on live and cut bait.....running trotlines. So they definitely eat fish. Don't know how many they eat, but if you have several I'd be trying to thin their numbers.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:01 PM   #11
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They are great to eat, fried or a soup. Probably good many other ways too.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:05 PM   #12
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Not sure on the table fare but I was listening to the Pond Boss podcast not long ago and someone asked him about turtles eating fish. He said any fish that gets caught and ate by a turtle deserves it.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:11 PM   #13
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I don't believe they are as bad on fish population as I was told they were growing up. I think it was an excuse to make you feel better for wanting to shoot them for nothing. All turtles get a pass from me.
Softshell and alligator turtles are good eating.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:26 PM   #14
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I've ate a snapping turtle. I've heard softshells are better. I don't know but you have the opportunity to try one. I would.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:28 PM   #15
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I've always heard they are hard on your tanks if you are wanting to keep the eco system set up for your bass catching...I know they can take them over!!
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:55 PM   #16
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My dad used to sell the ones he caught to the German restaurants around New Braunfels manny, many years ago. Turtle soup is probably not that popular of an item anymore but it uses to be on the menu.

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Old 05-15-2019, 08:24 PM   #17
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PM Cajun Blake for a turtle sauce piquant recipe
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:29 PM   #18
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Id be making some turtle soup!


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Old 05-15-2019, 08:30 PM   #19
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Soft Shelled turtles. They do eat minnows and as many as they can catch and they are good at catching them.
They will bite your finger pretty darn hard too, aggressive buggers!
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:34 PM   #20
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I don't believe they are as bad on fish population as I was told they were growing up. I think it was an excuse to make you feel better for wanting to shoot them for nothing. All turtles get a pass from me.
Softshell and alligator turtles are good eating.


Same here.... free pass
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:53 PM   #21
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All I know about them, is they are fun with a 22!!!
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