So the most reliable way to get them for me has been to trap out a colony of beavers and then just leave the traps at the underwater entrances to the lodge and/or bank dens. When the otters come through, you’ll get them.Great catches NoWiser!
I would be interested to hear about your winter otter sets, I just got my trappers certification and would love to target them.
I’ve also gotten them where a creek narrows down or where a logjam only leaves one or two passages for them to get through. Set a 330 underwater there.
Last week the one I got was at the downstream end of a pool they use often in the winter. There was a point jutting out from the bank and I set a trap tight against it and on the bottom (bottom edge set.) The theory is that the otters swim tight to the bank and bottom to surprise prey as they come around the corner.
Today we got a really nice one. In the middle of the stream there was a big boulder. The only place in that part of the stream deep enough for an otter to cruise under the ice was on each side of the boulder. I set a 330 on the bottom on each side and, after 2 weeks, there was an otter in it today.
The trapping really pics up once everything ices over. It makes for easy traveling to check them, too. Feel free to PM me with questions. I’m certainly not an expert, but I am catching a few.