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River: South Platte - Eleven Mile Canyon
Fish: Longnose Sucker

Suckers in the canyon?

Post By: Bubba02STi      Posted: 6/19/2021 6:46:11 PM     Points: 515    
After fishing the canyon for years, Iíve never caught, nor seen any suckers up there until the other day. Then I caught two of them. That being said not even sure they are supposed to be there. Iíve caught them in other rivers but nothing this far south or east.
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 6/19/2021 11:25:10 PM     Points: 2517    
Bubba,
Itís been years ago, but the canyon and the feeder creeks is where I used to get my laker bait every year. There were definitely suckers in abundance, so it wouldnít surprise me if theyíre still there.
Brought back some good memoriesÖthanks!
 Reply by: NoNick      Posted: 6/21/2021 4:38:30 PM     Points: 67    
11 Mile Canyon used to be full of suckers. I haven't fished there in a long time, but I'm surprised to hear they are not being caught except once in a blue moon. They were stacked up there before they changed the "upper end" to fly and lure only. When it was all bait allowed, they were everywhere, Maybe there's a correlation, I don't know.

Great place to fish, but man does that road beat the stuffing out your car..or at least it used to. Maybe that changed too.
 Reply by: malty falcon      Posted: 6/21/2021 6:49:40 PM     Points: 7898    
Even though suckers make up 30-45% of the biomass in Spinney Reservoir, I'll go years without seeing or catching one. This past April, I caught 2 MA suckers in 20 minutes, and guys on the shore caught 4 more. Biggest one was over 22"! Not a lick of fight in those things. Please KILL ALL OF THEM!

I now have over $65 worth of beautiful sucker fillets vacuum packed for Laker fishing!
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 6/21/2021 7:31:05 PM     Points: 88    
In my experience suckers donít react to baits all the time. Most of the time itís a scent and feel kinda bite. They will key in on a hatch from time to time but usually I catch them bait fishing on the bottom. Super light bites too. I always think their walleye when I first hook them.
 Reply by: Bubba02STi      Posted: 6/22/2021 12:53:18 AM     Points: 515    
Ski
Iíve been fishing the canyon for probably 25 years now ever since I was a Cub Scout. Iíve caught my fair share of oddities up there. Especially on the upper section. I was up around the last bridge when I caught these so I figured they probably came down from the dam. From the sounds of it though they have probably been there this entire time.

NoNick
These guys were in a school of 5 or 6 sitting shallow in front of some rocks. The first one I thought was a fluke until I caught the second one. They keep the road along the river very well groomed these days. The past few years Denver water and now eleven mile enterprises has kept the entire canyon in great shape. Itís a lot busier than it used to be though.

Malty
I have a hard time killing a fish just to kill it. Now if a CPW biologists approaches me and says to kill them all thatís a different story. Iíll do my part. As gross as I consider suckers to be I wouldnít be surprised if the eagles or ospreys up that are up there make short work of them soon.

Trailerman
These guys smashed the hell out of a pheasant tail and the reel screaming. I honestly thought I had hooked into a massive brown. The ones Iíve caught in the past though have been the exact opposite. Little fight, give up quickly and typically come in as if you snagged some drift wood. Iíve also only caught them on flies and never on bait.
 Reply by: NoNick      Posted: 6/22/2021 2:37:37 PM     Points: 67    
"NoNick
These guys were in a school of 5 or 6 sitting shallow in front of some rocks. The first one I thought was a fluke until I caught the second one. They keep the road along the river very well groomed these days. The past few years Denver water and now eleven mile enterprises has kept the entire canyon in great shape. Itís a lot busier than it used to be though."

I'm glad to hear it's well taken care of up there. I was initially against the whole "Canyon Enterprises" deal, but honestly, when it was free for all, it was literally a free for all. It was trashed, especially during the bait days. Worm containers were everywhere, Pautzke jars, people walking out with stringers full of many more fish than legal, etc..What I'm talking about was a long time ago, but your input shows the new regs and management made a positive difference, including with the road in.

IIRC, the suckers were pretty thick and friendly to night crawlers in the bend going out of the canyon top end down from the Cover Pipes/Campground? until the 2nd? bridge down. There were lots of nice Brown trout there too, though.
 Reply by: crappie-slayer      Posted: 6/26/2021 12:09:52 AM     Points: 168    
Let me just say this. What do you think was in these rivers way before we came to deface and change these habitats? There were only native suckers, chubs, and possibly cutthroats or channel catfish.
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