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MDC has said that the population of white suckers is really high in Taney, what could be done to reduce the populations? they can run large 2-6 pounds as adults..I have caught them in creeks fishing red worms on bottom in riffles....have not tried to eat them but have had canned suckers before cooked like a salmon patty good stuff!

any fish that could eat them would eat Trout as well me thinks but 500k northern pike would clean up the issue (as well as trout),,,,Ideas?

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If I had my choice, I would take a mess of suckers fresh caught and scaled/filleted/ribbed/scored and deep fried over a trout every day of the week. It ranks up there just behind walleye and crappie in my opinion. We used to catch quite a few of them fishing crawlers and corn years ago, but that doesn't happen anymore. I could be wrong, but I think the popularity of gigging has reduced the numbers far below what they used to be.

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I'm definitely not sure about filleting suckers.....

But I have seen some HOGS of suckers in some of the inlets on lower Taneycomo. Seen a few people bow-fishing 'em. Not sure if there is really a way of fishing them without killing them,  i'm not necessarily trying to do that. Cool fish though!

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4 minutes ago, Ozarks Chillbilly said:

I'm definitely not sure about filleting suckers.....

But I have seen some HOGS of suckers in some of the inlets on lower Taneycomo. Seen a few people bow-fishing 'em. Not sure if there is really a way of fishing them without killing them,  i'm not necessarily trying to do that. Cool fish though!

I caught this one on a marabou jig back in June. That would be hit or miss proposition. Of course you don't have to bet that you would eat your rod if you caught a sucker on a jig:rolleyes:

Sucker (5) - Taneycomo - 03Jun17.jpg

Seriously Seth is the guy on OAF that knows how to catch these guys consistently.

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6 minutes ago, Johnsfolly said:

I caught this one on a marabou jig back in June. That would be hit or miss proposition. Of course you don't have to bet that you would eat your rod if you caught a sucker on a jig:rolleyes:

Sucker (5) - Taneycomo - 03Jun17.jpg

Seriously Seth is the guy on OAF that knows how to catch these guys consistently.

Good stuff! The fish structure almost looks like if a trout and a freshwater drum had a kid.... it would be a sucker! Haha

 

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