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stick500
 March 20 2017 01:42PM (Read 2398 times)  
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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!!!


 
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 March 20 2017 01:49PM  
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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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 March 20 2017 02:11PM  
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I've heard of pickling, but you think a guy could smoke some?


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 March 21 2017 08:52AM  
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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"..


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 March 21 2017 09:50AM  
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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.


 
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 March 21 2017 01:30PM  
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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.



worms on a jig?

or minnows?

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


 
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 March 22 2017 08:42AM  
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hitting orange twister tails and believe it or not rat l traps.


 
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 March 22 2017 10:21AM  
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aggressive suckers!! Eek!


 
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 March 28 2017 09:38AM  
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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.


 
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 March 28 2017 06:59PM  
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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.

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 March 29 2017 08:24PM  
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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.


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 March 30 2017 02:35PM  
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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!!


 
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 April 02 2017 06:52PM  
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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


 
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 April 02 2017 09:09PM  
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Glad you had a good day to fish. That is a neat place.


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