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  • stick500stick500
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    I know this question gets asked just about every year, so here we go.

    Any reports of sucker bites would be greatly appreciated. Not looking for any personal honey holes, just some general tips on where and when the mighty suckers start hammering worms.

    I love C&Ring a hot sucker bite, as well as keeping a couple chunkers for spring cat fishing. Caught some of my biggest cats on suckers.

    I know some of you guys like pickling them, too.

    Thanks in advance for any info! Spring is here today!!!

    AvatarTeamAsgrow
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    I would break out the night crawlers right now. I am guessing any creek mouth would be dynamite. I have one creek mouth that I can hit in the spring and hammer them. Half a worm on an 12-18″ leader with enough weight to stay in the eddy, probably 1/4 oz.

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    I’ve heard of pickling, but you think a guy could smoke some?

    AvatarHideHunter
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    I’ve been catching a few (3 different species) in creek mouths for over a month. Haven’t hit a real “hot bite”..

    Avatarmskursh
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    caught half a dozen over here in the miss river yesterday. all about 16-20″. beautiful fish and fight really well. was after walleye but had fun still.

    stick500stick500
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    Quote by: mskursh

    caught half a dozen over here in the miss river yesterday. all about 16-20″. beautiful fish and fight really well. was after walleye but had fun still.

    worms on a jig?

    or minnows?

    Sounds like I have to get out to the dam in Dubuque (O’Learys Lake) quick!

    Avatarmskursh
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    hitting orange twister tails and believe it or not rat l traps.

    stick500stick500
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    aggressive suckers!! 😯

    stick500stick500
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    Caught a couple of fat ones in the Little Maquoketa near DBQ on worms yesterday. I think there were more in there, too.

    AvatarBrad Phillips
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    Turkey season in the late ’80’s, Lower Dam on the upper Iowa river. During a mid-day drive, we happen to drive into the lower dam. There were people catching and hauling buckets of Redhorse up the bank to the parking lot. To be ground and made into Sucker patties.

    Permanently etched into my memory 😀 We were actually hunting out of a house boat in Lansing, along with roaming everywhere else 😀 😀 😀 This was before I was able to drink, so we had to run to Bagley Wis. to get me into a bar….

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    Quote by: speng5

    I’ve heard of pickling, but you think a guy could smoke some?

    Growing up in Minnesota we would always look forward to the spring sucker run in our lake as we could spear them. ALWAYS smoked them and they were fantastic!! Can do the same with carp or most fish for that matter.

    stick500stick500
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    Quote by: Brad+Phillips

    Turkey season in the late ’80’s, Lower Dam on the upper Iowa river.

    where is the lower dam on the Upper Iowa?

    I am going to be traveling through Decorah on Saturday

    EDIT: I found it!!

    stick500stick500
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    and the suckers are big and plentiful at Lower Dam Decorah

    looked way too snaggy and swift right at dam so I went downstream a ways and was catching them on the bottom just out of the current with crawlers

    thanks for the tip!

    BTW, the cats weren’t biting yet on fresh cut sucker on the Turkey (Millville) on my way home

    AvatarBrad Phillips
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    Glad you had a good day to fish. That is a neat place.

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