I do not even know where to begin. Complete awe does not even come close to descibing this catch as well as how low my jaw dropped when I saw what I had on the end of my line. Mind you this is my first ever post so I'll try my best to describe to you how I landed a Blue Sucker in MN.
On the day of yesterday, My buddy Mark had mentioned lower water levels upstream on the MN river as well as temps reaching 55-57 degrees Fahrenheit, and since recent rainfall had heightened the coffee-stained water downstream, we took off on an hour and a half drive upstream for some Roughfish escapade-ing. The next 2 hours consisted of zero bank sticks and quarter crawlers due to non-stop pecks from greedy channel cats and drum, as well as the occasional rock that wanted a permanent hug from my line. As we moved on, Mark had spotted a quick tail flash not 2 feet from our rocky-laid shoreline. We scuttled over and saw multiple dark, deeply forked caudal fin fwaps of fish sitting in a rushing torrent. At first glance we had thought them to be Bigmouth Buffs, and although we were tempted to swing one into a net to get a better look, I noticed they were slender and possibly Smallmouth Buffs, so only one way to find out. I propped a fine small entre' of crawler onto my hook and whisped it ahead of the herd of fish. Not 30 seconds go by and betwixt the rapids I feel: thud. thud. and as I set into my line, each tail that I had seen dissipated from sight and my line slowly creeps farther into the current. It felt as if he had not realized he was hooked, initially. Then, a fish that lives his whole life in current showed me what it could do. Up and down he went. My heart racing. As his head creeped out from the water, my tongue fell out onto the ground. One foul swoop and Mark had landed the (quoted from Gary) Blue Unicorn. I screamed with joy. I couldn't believe it, I still can't. With tubercles lining it's entire body, this confirms Blue Sucker are utilizing the most recent stretch of MN river after Minnesota Falls was torn down. As his rigid form kicked to life back into the water, I let the moment soak in, as well as the rain hitting me. So cool. Very grateful.