Reply by: shiverfix Posted: 3/11/2016 10:06:20 AM Points: 3702
The inlet at Slough pond in Golden Gate is loaded with them. The inlet is very shallow, and I had good success hanging a worm from a bobber so it was just touching the bottom and slowly dragging it across the bottom. You could watch the suckers chase the worm. Right at ice off they will be very active.
I hear people say that Slough pond is loaded with suckers but I was there last weekend and we marked only a few fish - guessing most of them were trout, since this is all we caught (save one little sucker). If they are there... they are hiding well.... and I did fish that inlet - it had open water but not a single bite. All fish caught under thick ice cap.
I tried last year I think to ice fish for suckers and couldn't get anything. They might stay in shallower water which makes it difficult to get to them ice fishing, not sure. But that one day it was like watching fish in a tank as they chased the worm down.
Reply by: brookieflyfisher Posted: 3/12/2016 11:32:15 AM Points: 6127
The Chatfield sucker run happens in April and May, that's a good time to go after suckers. They spawn after the trout in the same areas, so look for fish on gravel riffles. Bounce a sparkly egg fly in their face and you'll catch fish.