Sucker Run? I need to catch a white sucker

3/11/18 @ 5:19 PM
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Tiefsa
Tiefsa
USER since 10/25/16

Hey everyone.  I've never caught a white sucker, and from what I've heard, it's easier to catch them during the sucker run.   I live in Hartford, probably equidistant between the MKE river and the Fond Du Lac River. Do they run either of these two rivers.  I've fished right by the river mouth in Fond Du Lac before and caught drum and channel cats in the summer.  Is this a decent spot for white suckers.  Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!  I've caught a redhorse before, but are their different sucker breeds as well that run up different rivers in Wisconsin?

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5/9/18 @ 8:28 AM
Tiefsa
Tiefsa
USER since 10/25/16

I got one!  In the MKE river near Grafton.  I thought it was a white sucker, but apparently I caught a golden redhorse sucker.


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3/17/18 @ 12:56 PM
utahman
utahman
USER since 3/9/03

Yeah I was going to say the wolf but dont know if you want to go that far. During the walleye run We used to catch them right out in the river on crawlers right in with boats trying for walleye.

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3/16/18 @ 8:07 PM
Ulbian
Ulbian
USER since 9/24/03

The tributaries that flow into the Wolf are great sucker streams. 25 years ago you had to fight for spots. Now no one does it anymore. We’ll take two or three guys in these smaller streams and position two side by side in the water with muskie nets. The other guy or guys goes up stream about 100 yards and pushes them down into the nets. Pick up truck boxes full of them is usually the norm...then you get drunk and forget to clean them out of the truck leaving them to get pretty pungeant on the warmer days. Now you have a good start on an endless supply of fox and coon bait. 

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3/15/18 @ 11:58 AM
gillfinder25
gillfinder25
USER since 12/17/09

Pm me! I can get you on about as manyas you can catch! Fond du lac area

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3/12/18 @ 5:54 PM
Tiefsa
Tiefsa
USER since 10/25/16
Thanks for all the good ideas.  Do they run up the Menomonee or Milwaukee River in Milwaukee County?  Somewhere in Milwaukee would make for a good backdrop for a video.  Also, would I be able to catch them right now in West Bend by highway 33

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3/12/18 @ 11:44 AM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01

There's likely a ton of spots in your area but if you feel like taking a road trip, there's a good spot south of Stevens Point where Mill Creek flows into the WI River.  Look up Rusty's Backwater Saloon.  It's right next to the spot. You'll likely catch a redhorse as well.  The current can be strong if there's a lot of runoff.  We used to use washers as weights because they were cheap and flat so they held in the current better.  If I remember correctly, April was when the run happened.

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3/12/18 @ 11:07 AM
BigMusky12
BigMusky12
USER since 12/22/04

you can fish smaller rivers too that are even easier to locate them.  

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3/11/18 @ 8:28 PM
luvh20
luvh20
USER since 1/19/14

I've had good luck in the Milwaukee river In West Bend. Under the River Rd. bridge at Hwy 33.

Set up your 3 rods with split shot and plain hook with half a crawler.  Bonus smallies sometimes too.

I've found that suckers don't actually "hit" the bait. They seem to just take it in and just sit there.  Very seldom have I had my rod tips twitch.

So, I've learned to just pick up the rod, reel in the slack, and set the hook hard (the element of surprise).  You got a 50/50 shot that there's a fish there and they're usually lip hooked. I just take turns checking my rods every few minutes.

Seems like an odd way to fish, but this is what works for me.

Pickled suckers are delicious!


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3/11/18 @ 6:22 PM
fishfillet
fishfillet
USER since 1/8/13

Go to Marinette and fish the Menomonee River right after the walleye run is over in April.  They are thick in there.   

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