Hello! + Quillback and Bigmouth Buffalo??

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socs_n_crocs_forever
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Hello! + Quillback and Bigmouth Buffalo??
<p>Hello everyone! I'm new to this site, but have read some threads and articles here in the past. I've always been a multi species angler, as I learned to fish in the Crow River here in Minnesota and we'd always catch weird new species there. I've also done plenty of trout and sport fishing so I've always appreciated all fish. After watching season 2 of 39 hours by Uncut Angling (check it out on YouTube if you haven't) I was inspired to try to catch as many species as I could in one year.&nbsp;<br /> A couple species I'm thinking are going to be especially tough are Quillbacks/Carpsuckers and Buffalo. Does anyone have definite ways to catch either of these fish? I'm not sure how into sharing spots people are in this community but if anyone has good spots here in Minnesota (or western wisco even)&nbsp;for these fish, please let me know! Thanks for the help!</p>
Tyler W
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Spots

You'll need to pass many tests of purity before getting spot information. Kind of like Indian Jones and the Last Crusade but deadlier. 

 

But, I'll be happy to tell you the first (and hardest) step to catching either big mouth buffalo and carpsuckers: find actively feeding fish. If they aren't feeding you might as well keep walking. I haven't found a way to make them eat.

Peeling Line
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If you're up for a drive the

If you're up for a drive the Iowa River in Iowa city has all these species.  I got all 3 buffalos in an hour last June.  In July, I got 2 of the 3 carpsuckers (river and highfin) on the same day.  I only catch quillbacks in the winter around here.  

 

Corey
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Crow River

I don't think there are quills and bigmouths in the Crow; at least I have never seen any. There are plenty of bigmouths out west of you; the Big Stone/Laq Qui Parle dams are usually loaded with them but they are always tough to catch. Very frustrating. You might have good luck targeting them by sight just at dusk in shallow water, or you might get lucky drifting below dams. For quills you should look at smaller rivers. The Red Cedar in Wisconsin, Root, Zumbro, and Cannon in Minnesota are all good. Find places where the quills are moving around feeding and use very light tackle and small baits. Good luck, those are two of the most difficult fish to catch in the world.

 

socs_n_crocs_forever
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The crow does have buffalo! I

The crow does have buffalo! I caught one several years back on a night crawler, but they're definitely not common there. I think I might take a weekend to go fish the cannon and the zumbro.

socs_n_crocs_forever
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Good to know, thank you

Good to know, thank you