Reply by: Billybob Posted: 3/6/2016 10:50:36 AM Points: 1785
The rangers always tell me golden gate is over run with suckers, but I've only ever caught 3 or 4 tiny little guys in about 5 trips up there. I caught a 16 incher out of the pond south of chatfield near the inlet a while back. Outside of those times, I've never had much luck catching suckers. I don't really baitfish too often either though so that may explain it.
Sorry, forgot to add that into the post (though I did put it on the conditions report page). Yes, Slough Pond is partially frozen with generally safe ice. The inlet part has open water, that looked promising but didn't produce anything at all. The ice was anywhere from 8inches to 14 inches in the middle.
Yeah, we took long rods there thinking we'd be shore fishing open water... ha! Good thing I took my ice sled with me just in case.
When I lived in MI in mid 80s you nearly had to hide behind the tree to bait your hook there were so many suckers - you would get annoyed by them when fishing in the spring for walleyes and other species.