Post By: malty falcon Posted: 11/19/2015 9:10:05 AMPoints: 6002
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.
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: 6002
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.