Catching Suckers in Winter Months

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by the_nis, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. the_nis

    the_nis Member

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    Hey guys, maybe some of you can help me out with this...Throughout the warmer months of the year, I generally catch all of my own bait. I usually catch a bunch of suckers either by seining or minnow traps. Now, I do a decent amount of ice fishing in the winter but I never seem to be able to find the suckers when it gets really cold out. I hate buying shiners when I go ice fishing because I think the suckers would make a lot better bait through the ice. So, if you guys have any suggestions on how to catch suckers in the wintertime, it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks everyone!
     
  2. the_nis

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    I just wanted to get this thread going again to see if anyone could make a suggestion or two...Thanks guys!
     

  3. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    i used to fish with "stoneroller" suckers when i ice fished for Burbot in the winter, couldnt beat them things! way better than chubs or shiners, but i had a hard time getting them myself. in the river where i got them they would just dissapear in mid november. i tried everywhere (was using a cast net) and couldnt find them, even in the deepest holes. i did however find them in deep holes in the creeks, along with tons of shiners. even in creeks though after two throws of the net those suckers would find any crevice to hide in and you could forget it. shiners just dart around.
     
  4. the_nis

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    I've never been able to catch many suckers in the rivers around here. I usually get them in the creeks but as soon as it gets cold out, they disappear. It just blows my mind that its so tough to find them in the winter...
     
  5. pendog66

    pendog66 New Member

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    the best i can say to do is find the deepest hole in a small river and fish with a nightcrawler on bottom.
     
  6. the_nis

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    Ok, so I went out today to set the minnow traps so I could get some bait for sunday's fishing trip. Now, like I said when I started this thread, I usually can't find suckers when its cold out. Now I don't know if its because its kinda warm out this year compared to other years but I found a mess of suckers today. Now I found them in the same creek I usually catch them but there are NEVER this many. And normally you can catch a few 10+ inchers in the spring/summer. I saw schools of HUGE ones today! I couldn't believe it! Too bad theres no ice right now. Here's a question...why is there so many out now and not when it was warmer out? Another thing to consider is this...usually the creek chub to sucker ration is 3:1. Today, I'd at least 90% of the fish I saw were suckers. Whats going on?
     
  7. dinkbuster1

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    your gonna have an early spring dude! trust me.
     
  8. the_nis

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    Well, I went out today to pick the minnow traps up. Not one sucker in the traps, all chubs. I saw some schools of big chubs today as well as the suckers. I just can't believe the amount of large baitfish. I hope there is an abundance of large ones throughout the spring and summer. Very easy place to catch them.
     
  9. the_nis

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    Dink, is the fact that I'm seeing so many baitfish so early in the year a sign?
     
  10. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    im a very observant person and i always remembered when the bigger suckers, chubs, shiners, etc have moved up the creeks this early that the winter stayed fairly mild from that point out and warmed up early in the spring. of course if youve had a really mild winter so far then they might not have migrated back to the rivers.
     
  11. the_nis

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    Yeah we've definitely had a mild winter so far. But, the creek I get my bait from is far from the river but the creek feeds into a larger creek. Do you think thats where they are coming from?