Catching a Northern Hogsucker

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jp0716
Catching a Northern Hogsucker

I am writing a paper about north hogsuckers for a class, and I am trying to get some information on people's experiences with catching them. I know they aren't the most common fish to catch, but if anyone here has any insight at all, I would love to hear it! :)

Some specific questions I have are:

1. What kind of bait and equipment did you use use to catch this fish?

2. Was there any specific type of technique you used?

3. Where did you catch this fish? 

4. What time of the year is best for catching this fish? 

5. Any other additional tips or comments.

Thank you in advance! 

 

Divemaster
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Hogsuckers

1) I use a 7' ultralight spinning rod, a 7' 3wt fly rod, and a 9' 5wt fly rod to target Hogs. Redworms and nightcrawlers as bait when spin fishing and small nymphs with the occasional egg pattern when fly fishing.

2) When the water is murky, I'll toss out a line or two with worms and wait for a hit. When they're visible, sight fishing them with worms and tight line nymphing with flies both work very well if they're feeding. 

3) Small-medium size streams with cleaner water are where I've caught the majority of my fish. The heads and tails of pools always seem to hold the most.

4) April-October is generally best, but they'll feed all Winter, especially on warmer days.

5) In my experience, Hogsuckers are an all-or-nothing type of fish. I'll either arrive to a spot to see them feeding and catch half a dozen with ease, or see them laying motionless and get skunked no matter what I try.

2018 Species Goals:

Longnose Gar (), Grass Pickerel (), Shorthead Redhorse (X), Quillback (X), Burbot ()

jp0716
Thank you for your resopnse!

Thank you for your resopnse! Would you mind if I used your response in my paper? You would be cited.

Divemaster
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Happy to help. Feel free to

Happy to help. Feel free to quote me in your paper, thank you for asking!

2018 Species Goals:

Longnose Gar (), Grass Pickerel (), Shorthead Redhorse (X), Quillback (X), Burbot ()

Outdoors4life
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Right place is important

I saw you commented on a pic of me with a Hog. 

I really don't have much experience compared to others. I only catch one every few years or so.

It is all perspective!

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