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Fish: Longnose Sucker

Sucker trapping help

Post By: malty falcon      Posted: 3/6/2017 4:38:34 PM     Points: 9979    
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?
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 3/6/2017 7:46:12 PM     Points: 2133
Salmon eggs and white bread. Stays together Bette in like a peice of nylon wrapping. You want it to soak and ooz a little.
 Reply by: FishSeal      Posted: 3/6/2017 9:22:07 PM     Points: 3482

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.

 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 3/7/2017 8:28:38 AM     Points: 746
Go buy a bag of hot dog buns. No idea why, but they work great for us
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 3/7/2017 12:17:23 PM     Points: 2825
I hope one of those streams isn't the Arkansas.
(By the way, I'd be interested in taking a couple off your hands if yo get a bunch.) Ski
 Reply by: N.PikeHu$tla      Posted: 3/7/2017 1:46:07 PM     Points: 691
Cat food in an onion bag tied to the inside of trap..youll get thousands
 Reply by: riper69      Posted: 3/7/2017 3:44:45 PM     Points: 2150
I would take some off your hands this summer
Bait 4 lake trout
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 3/7/2017 4:14:58 PM     Points: 9979
yeah, I'll try trapping in the Arkansas, its right outside my door!

Thanks everyone for the cat food and hot dog bun ideas. But I'm looking for suckers, not cat fish!!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 3/7/2017 8:30:18 PM     Points: 2825
With all due respect, page 6, paragraph 4-b in the 2016 fishing regs state it is not legal to collect bait from the Arkansas above Parkdale in both Fremont and Chafee counties. FYI
 Reply by: Budha      Posted: 3/7/2017 10:12:05 PM     Points: 172
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: Kokanee Bro      Posted: 3/8/2017 9:30:32 AM     Points: 245
Before I had my boat we used to shore fish a lot. Caught tons of suckers by accident at the inlet at Barker using rooster tails... may be a good place to try.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 3/8/2017 9:56:38 AM     Points: 23629
Jeff, I am headed to BM tomorrow and have a few big suckers I can drop off on my way thru Salida if you want them.

 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 3/9/2017 8:20:43 AM     Points: 9979
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!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 3/9/2017 5:05:20 PM     Points: 23629
Dropped off 2 suckers for you that I got today with Jen. Also caught 44 browns and 10 bows.

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