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Fish: Longnose Sucker

How to trap suckers?

Post By: malty falcon      Posted: 11/19/2015 9:10:05 AM     Points: 9979    
I have built a sucker trap out of 1/4" hardware cloth. The openings are about 2-1/2" diameter.
After two nights soaking in a local pond, I have caught one crayfish - no suckers. First night I used styrofoam pellets and Fritos. Second night I used cabbage. Both of these baits were recommended in online fishing forums. A friend swears by Old Roy dog food, but he can't catch 'em either with dog food.

Anybody have real success catching suckers with a trap? What is the best bait you use?

 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 11/19/2015 9:43:39 AM     Points: 82
My cousin traps them all them time, he will leave a minnow trap out for an hour or two and have enough for several outings...the key is not the bait, just about anything will do.

There are 2 very important factors. One is finding them in high concentrations, in his case it is a beaver pond where there are way too many sucker and very little food so they are literally starving.

The next factor is matching the size of the hole on your trap to the sucker size. 2 1/2" is too large from my experience, they will get out. I don't know what the dimensions of the hole are on his minnow trap but it is just a standard trap that you can get at sportsman's. You would be surprised at how big a fish can get into that hole.
 Reply by: sickws6      Posted: 11/19/2015 12:56:39 PM     Points: 574
Where you located Malty?? I agree with KKF find somewhere they are over populated. if you are around the Loveland area I have a pond that my dad works on and only we fish it... tons of carp and suckers. if you are around this area or want to give it a go let me know there are some big boys (carp) that could last you all year with 1 or 2 and they are abundant in this pond
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 11/20/2015 8:52:37 AM     Points: 9979
I am in Salida, and I'm putting the trap in a local pond. I guess I will try a different pond, I've heard Poncha Creek is overrun with suckers as well. It is just a longer drive for me. Next bait will be white bread.

I know Antero Reservoir was overrun with suckers, too bad it's drained.
 Reply by: lvrider      Posted: 11/20/2015 9:58:20 AM     Points: 65
suckers are for suckers! artificials ftw!!!!!!!!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 11/20/2015 1:38:49 PM     Points: 2825
Is trapping a legal way to take suckers? Just asking...
 Reply by: msl      Posted: 11/20/2015 1:57:49 PM     Points: 239
depends on the body of water and county
 Reply by: bud4me2      Posted: 11/20/2015 8:01:17 PM     Points: 22
where is a good place to catch sucker anyways. i'm near chatfield and cherry creek
 Reply by: msl      Posted: 11/20/2015 8:48:56 PM     Points: 239
chatfield inlet and up river, late march early april spawning run, worms on the bottom hook and line only traps arn't allowed denver metro area
I would suspect that CC would be similar
 Reply by: heryantoch      Posted: 11/21/2015 8:51:36 AM     Points: 3259
Or, just fish them...piece of nightcrawlers at the bottom...they are quite fun to catch...
 Reply by: thompo      Posted: 11/21/2015 9:07:49 AM     Points: 234
best way to trap suckers i've found

make a post and title it "There be ice and kokes!"

put up a few pictures from last year's kokanee run at dillon

there should be a good 100-200 suckers literally lining up to walk out on the new ice :)
 Reply by: msl      Posted: 11/21/2015 10:12:29 AM     Points: 239
lol, I will bring a newspaper as proof of date next time

 Reply by: sickws6      Posted: 11/23/2015 1:12:46 PM     Points: 574
Thompo that S**t is hilarious but so true
 Reply by: thompo      Posted: 11/23/2015 4:33:22 PM     Points: 234
haha i cant even talk, we went up two days after the post and killed it, i put pics up in the other dillon thread

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