Post By: malty falcon Posted: 3/6/2017 4:38:34 PMPoints: 6002
Me and my buddies live in Salida, CO. We have several ponds and rivers/streams that have longnose suckers. We have traps, but our baits don't work.
Currently, Ole Roy dog food is recommended, but it doesn't work very well- we get more trouts than suckers. I've tried cabbage and styrofoam as well, but that didn't work either. Anybody have a bait they know works?
Anybody have any tricks or techniques for better trapping success?
It really helps if you put the trap on the bottom of the river, not suspended. :) JK.
You may want to try a bait that suckers will more likely eat that trout wont. Try something along the lines of a dead fish body. Location will matter as well. Pools and deep eddies are likely places. Also, sight trap them. You should see them in the area, they typically don't spook as easily and you should be able to place the trap in same vicinity.
The other option I can suggest is to reduce the size of the opening. Trout are more oval in shape than suckers, which are round. This may help limit what size and kind of fish get into the trap.
Have you considered targeting the suckers one at a time with a single rod using worms. I have caught many suckers on a fly rod using an indicator and a San Juan worm. I remember catching suckers when I was growing up any time I used worms. It seemed pretty easy to catch sucker after suckers using a worm pattern.
Reply by: malty falcon Posted: 3/9/2017 8:20:43 AM Points: 6002
Russ, I was at Blue Wednesday, never saw a sucker. If you caught any, drop them at 50Burger on Hwy 50 across from True Value, tell the guys to put them in the freezer. I will be out of town Thursday again, going shopping with wife.
Good times at LCB, yellow and white jigs were magical!