View Full Version : Best minnow bucket/cooler recommendations?

gone fission
07-19-2015, 05:57 PM
(For the heat) Engel, Frabil, homemade...?
I don't normally use minners but times have changed it seems. I know aeriator pumps are problematic. What'll keep em alive longer?

lowe rider
07-19-2015, 08:26 PM
I bought a 19 quart Engle minnow cooler with an aerator pump this year. I really like it and it's worked good so far.

Joey Clark
07-19-2015, 09:24 PM
I also bought a engel and love it. I usely buy 10 to 12 dozen every time I fish and it keeps them very lively.

07-19-2015, 09:55 PM
I dont fish in the 100 deg temps like some, but i use a 5 gal bucket with aerator and a "trolling" minnow bucket in the front livewell. I only put a net scoop in the bucket and keep the rest very lively in the livewell on intake. Fresh lake water coming in and overflowing back out on a timer. You can hang the bucket over the side of the boat also.

Check the water often, if it gets over 90 fatheads start dieing.

07-20-2015, 07:30 AM
Engle. Period. It is insulated and can keep minnows alive for 24 hours easily as long as you have air going to minnows. The battery operated pump that comes with it can be disconnected and you can connect directly to a boat pump if you have one. If it is hot out the cooler keeps the minnows cool with the insulation and it holds over a pound or more easily without bunching them up and dying. It is about $50 for the cooler but well worth it when you figure in how many minnows have died too soon or were almost dead because of the heat.

gone fission
07-20-2015, 08:00 AM
How's the battery operated pump noise wise? Some of em will drive ya nuts and it's a short trip nowadays.

07-20-2015, 08:48 AM
How's the battery operated pump noise wise? Some of em will drive ya nuts and it's a short trip nowadays.

The marine metals HUSH BUBBLES aerator is the quietest by far, that I have found. The ones that come with the Engel aren't very good.

07-20-2015, 11:35 AM
Round drink cooler (ie gatoraid) is the best. Swirling water is good for the minnows and the drink coolers have thick insulation but you will have to set up your own aeration. The big volume helps too. That said, those engels are nifty and much easier to pack and require no modification.

07-23-2015, 12:12 AM
Hello: I use a Aerobait minnow bucket, been going for over 8 years now. It's insulated and has its own pump built in. Uses 2 - D cell batteries that last 3 - 4 days if ran constantly. Have tried Frabil buckets , they are junk . One only lasted one day and the aerator was shot. Good Luck . O - R

07-23-2015, 11:42 PM
I use the 13qt engle. I fish 3x per week and put a pound of minnows in that cooler each trip. Run the aerator and keep frozen water bottles in with the minnows. I freeze up about 5 and keep switching them out when it's this hot. Set the whole cooler in my garage fridge over night and I can keep them alive for days. Oxygen system would be ideal.

07-24-2015, 06:09 AM
Engle cooler battery boxes ARE quiet. They are quieter than the bubble box brand. they have two air speed settings as well. Slow and fast.

Erin Brewer
07-24-2015, 09:09 AM
You can always make your own.

gone fission
07-25-2015, 08:10 AM
Yeah that's the route I'm going. Ordered hush bubbles pump, looking for 16qt cooler with good handle.
Thanks for all the input fellers.

07-25-2015, 08:51 AM
There's an efficient advantage in using regular 110v aquarium aerators along with a 120v to 12v inverter ...

Plug the aquarium aerators into the wall when arriving home with left-over minnows ...

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gone fission
07-25-2015, 09:12 AM
I used a small inverter and 110v pump for my jonboat live well . only problem was inverter would turn off when battery voltage drop to around 11vdc (put troll motor on high would kill it).
I used Tupperware bowl as well to keep inverter dry but that caused heat buildup too I noticed.