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River: Colorado River Byers Canyon to Kremmling
Fish: Bluehead sucker
Rimrock Canyon Ranch, Colorado, near Byers Canyon of the Colorado River and Williams Fork

issue with suckers

Post By: creole      Posted: 10/14/2013 7:44:16 PM     Points: 176    
Went fishing a couple weeks ago on the colorado river near burns.( Ive fished it a couple times already)hoping to catch some suckers for ice fishing this winter. All the other times I didnt catch any suckers and my buddy said that due ro all the rain they had up there in sept. It may have killed a lot of the population. On my last trip I caught two decent sized fish. I was wondering if anyone else is catching or if there is some news about the sucker population?
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 10/15/2013 8:53:24 AM     Points: 184621    
I don't know how the population is in that area, but I doubt the rains would have damaged them. Be careful which suckers you keep from the western slope, only white and longnose are legal to keep.

This is from the regulations and note that bluehead, flannelmouth, mountain, razorback, and Rio Grande (east slope) are illegal to keep. So if you don't know how to positively ID the different species on the West Slope, don't keep it!

It is illegal to take or use the following: Arkansas darter, bluehead sucker, bonytail chub,
boreal toad, brassy minnow, Colorado pikeminnow, common shiner, flannelmouth sucker, flathead
chub, greenback cutthroat trout, humpback chub, Iowa darter, lake chub, mollusks, mountain sucker,
northern leopard frog, northern redbelly dace, plains leopard frog, plains minnow, plains topminnow,
plains orangethroat darter, razorback sucker, Rio Grande chub, Rio Grande sucker, river shiner, roundtail
chub, southern redbelly dace, stonecat, suckermouth minnow, wood frog and Woodhouse’s toad.
 Reply by: creole      Posted: 10/16/2013 4:59:08 PM     Points: 176    
Thanks flyrodn. Appreciate the feedback
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 10/16/2013 5:29:57 PM     Points: 184621    
You're welcome. I do need to get all the species of suckers up on the species listing.

I've caught both bluehead and flannelmouth on the western slope, primarily on the lower Gunnison and Colorado Rivers in the GJ area. The Bluehead is obvious once you see one.