Redhorse Fishing

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brad's picture
Redhorse Fishing
<p>One of my goals this year was to catch a species of redhorse or a white sucker. I have never caught suckers before besides smallmouth buffalo and bigmouth buffalo. I have been trying to use a worm or something on the bottom at the creek by my house where I have seen suckers before. But St. Louis weather is the craziest thing and itll be freezing one day and super hot the next. Right now the water temperature is still kinda cold to the touch and I have seen buffalo swimming among the rocks and they are spawning too. The only river near my house is the Missouri River. So my question is how do I catch a redhorse? Like what rig setup and how much of a nightcrawler and stuff? And where do I target them? And am I too late in the season? Missouri River isn&#39;t too far and the creek I have by my house also has suckers. But I don&#39;t know how to get them to bite. Any help or tips or ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys. -Brad</p>
Tyler W
Tyler W's picture
Worm on bottom

Rig up a basic slip sinker rig with just enough weight to keep the bait on the bottom. #8-#6 hook and a 6" - 12" leader. Place the bait in good habitat where you have seen suckers holding. Check pools for white suckers and golden redhorse, work faster riffle areas for shorthead and silver redhorse. Remember that most of the time suckers don't chase their food so try to keep the bait still to catch sluggish suckers. 

Gunnar's picture
An important thing to remembe

An important thing to remember is that while many of the skilled anglers on this site make it look like they can just go out and catch a bunch of suckers without much effort, that's an illusion created by the fact that no one posts reports when they get skunked or only catch a bunch of green sunfish and bluegills on worms intended for suckers. At least that's what I tell myself when I put juicy bait in among visible redhorse who refuse to bite.

Good luck!


Redhorse ID cheatsheets, gars, suckers:

2020: 10 days fishing 11 species 0 lifers. 2019: 34/45/13 2018: 39/40/5

Molandfreak's picture
Good luck! I'm sure you'll do

Good luck! I'm sure you'll do fine, I don't think you're too late!

I understand your weather feels :D