Dr RuffParticipantMarch 11, 2018 at 11:48 pmPost count: 172Mr.SeaguarParticipantMarch 12, 2018 at 1:54 amPost count: 1364JPennyParticipantMarch 12, 2018 at 11:38 amPost count: 198stick500ParticipantMarch 12, 2018 at 5:45 pmPost count: 460
ya beat me to the annual Sucker Run thread!
I started the same question last year about this time and got some pretty good replies;
I’m pretty sure we had some warmer weather in beginning of March last year compared to this year
Some species might spawn in 50 degree water, but it seems we start catching them well before the water hits those temps
hopefully we’ll hear some reports from our fellow IA Sportsman here
yeah, the DNR guys do get a kick out of hearing about guys going specifically after rough fish- the DNR guy from around Maquoketa (Scott is his first name?) gave me some tips on the sucker streams around therekenhumpParticipantMarch 12, 2018 at 7:57 pmPost count: 12769rericssonParticipantMarch 13, 2018 at 6:49 pmPost count: 1002HugeRodParticipantMarch 13, 2018 at 11:59 pmPost count: 213stick500ParticipantMarch 14, 2018 at 2:52 pmPost count: 460CRIA1576ParticipantMarch 14, 2018 at 3:40 pmPost count: 589
We used to catch some nice red horse suckers out of the cedar above the Waverly dam when I was in college in the late 90s. These were incidental to ice-out catfish. I always thought they were a a beautiful fish with their shiny, golden, scales, red highlights, and forked tails. We never ate them, but they made excellent cut bait for cats. Their fine scales made them much easier to handle than carp. We always had to scale and fillet the carp for cut bait, and it seemed the suckers would outfish the carp 2:1 at least.Brad PhillipsParticipantMarch 15, 2018 at 12:30 amPost count: 3187
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