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Lake: Dillon Reservoir
Fish: Longnose Sucker

Suckers in Dillon

Post By: The Master Baiter      Posted: 8/11/2020 3:24:57 PM     Points: 0    
I'll be in the Dillon area this weekend and I've never fished this reservoir. After doing a little research it seems there's a huge population of suckers in this lake. Anyone have any experience catching suckers out of Dillon? Any advice on a general location to hit 'em and a good spot to put in my kayak would be much appreciated! I'd love to stock the freezer with sucker meat for ice season!

 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: Aug. 11, 3:52:52 PM     Points: 6136    
Suckers are generally somewhat difficult to target intentionally in lakes unless they're concentrated to spawn. Not because they're particularly smart, but because they're fairly sedentary. So even when they're common (even to the point of being a nuisance) it's hard to catch more than a couple at a time. Still, you might be able to pick up a couple at the inlets with worms on the bottom. Just don't expect to whack em and stack em. That's more of a springtime phenomenon.

If you want to stock up before the ice comes, it's probably a better use of your time to go to a local river and fish low, slow, and deep with small nymphs or chunks of worm. You can do that literally anywhere, no need to make a special trip anywhere to come up with a bunch of suckers and chubs. Dredge the bottom and you'll come up with a bugle trout eventually.

If you're going to be in a kayak on Dillon in mid august it'll probably be smarter to look for some char, kokanee, or brown trout, all three of which are going to start grouping up in anticipation of fall feeding/spawning.
 Reply by: Todd morse      Posted: Aug. 11, 5:10:15 PM     Points: 123    
I've had good luck inside centennial island and around fishhook island this time of year on suckers. There's tons of them in there.
 Reply by: The Master Baiter      Posted: Aug. 14, 12:39:33 PM     Points: 0    
Thanks for the responses and advice. We've had a change of plans due to the smoke from the fires. I'll have to try Dillon another time.