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Fish: Longnose Sucker

Can Suckers Get BIG in a Small Pond

Post By: CUclimber      Posted: 8/30/2011 4:50:55 PM     Points: 491    
I was camping on a private ranch right near Red Feather Lakes this weekend and there was a small private cattle pond on it I tried to fish with no luck. There are allegedly trout in it, but we didn't see anything other than suckers. I didn't see any of size, but my buddy said he saw a huge one about two feet long. The state record is from 1990 out of the Colorado River at 23.25".

Is it possible that a sucker this size could survive in a pond only a couple square acres and 10' deep or so? I also know that there are crawfish in there for a food source. The ranch owners confirmed that there were suckers in there and to toss em in the woods if we caught any, which we didn't. Seems strange since there is an onerous coyote in the area, but its their lake. Also, what would the winter kill be like in a lake of this nature in that area?
 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 8/30/2011 6:45:59 PM     Points: 570    
Well, if you are talkin' about suckers as suckers, and not carp then I am not too sure. I do know that I have a few ponds around me here in Fountain that have EXTREMELY large carp (30-36") and the ponds are very small. They also roam the ponds in packs, so I see 3-4 at a time, with many many more smaller ones hugging the shore and looking at you. No idea why they don't get caught, maybe some carp wiz cleaned 'em out this summer, not sure due to being at Pueblo all the time.

My uneducated answer would be yes, fish are crazy sturdy. The coyotes wouldn't really be able to get at 'em either.
 Reply by: CUclimber      Posted: 8/30/2011 7:12:35 PM     Points: 491    
Thanks for the response. Yeah, they are suckers, not carp. I've definitely seen carp get big in small ponds, but wasn't sure if a sucker could grow to record length. Suckers seem like they are very resilient too. I should have clarified on the coyote thing. The ranch owners wanted us to throw the suckers in the woods, which I thought was strange since they were having problems with a coyote there and it would be attracted to the easy meal on shore. I can't imagine coyotes are very proficient fishers haha.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 8/31/2011 11:26:53 AM     Points: 531    
Depends on how many suckers and how much food is available. Suckers mainly eat dead crap. That's why there mouth is inferior.
 Reply by: PanfishRFun!      Posted: 8/31/2011 11:32:22 AM     Points: 463    
simple answer...yes, yes they can get big in a small pond, I've seen them get large in a little pool (40' X 15' X 3-4' deep) on a tiny river that had almost no flow ~1cfs.
 Reply by: Fiddler1986      Posted: 8/31/2011 12:59:07 PM     Points: 9416    
As long as there is enough food, yes. Fish continue to grow through out their entire lives. The "super grouper" in the chicago aquarium was massive, and he didn't have much space at all, just plenty of food, good water quality and oxygen. So i'd say it is possible to have a giant or 2 in there.