12-pound Blue sucker captured by Corey Geving while electrofishing in the Mississippi River at the Minnehaha Creek Off-Leash Dog Park in downtown Minneapolis, MN. 2006
Other Names: blackhorse, bluefish, sweet sucker, suckerel, gourdseed sucker, Missouri sucker, razorback, slenderhead sucker, muskellunge, great blue sucker, muskelline, schooner
The blue sucker is a fish of legend. Once extremely common throughout the central United States, it has since declined due to the damming of the continent's major rivers. A mysterious wanderer of the deep, blues travel hundreds of miles to find their ancestral spawning sites. Blue suckers are big fish - they can easily top ten pounds and a few up to 20 pounds have been taken in years past. To catch a blue sucker on hook and line is one of the greatest fishing accomplishments that any American Angler can hope to achieve.
It goes without saying that this fish should be protected and conserved wherever possible. In angling for this fish, please exercise restraint and prudence. However, on the whole, the establishment of the blue sucker as a sportfish of the highest order will do more for the species than any efforts at concealing its habits or protecting the individuals. Hence, I will do my best to tell you what I have found out over the years.