walleye/sauger/drum/sucker question

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the pyromaniac
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walleye/sauger/drum/sucker question
So... One day next week I'll probably be getting together with Inkmaster and Tóño the Mexican to do some meat fishing for the upcoming winter. We'll probably hit the Clinch River, around St. Paul & Castlewood, Virginia. Likely targets are walleye/sauger, freshwater drum, white sucker, and about half a dozen redhorse species. I've caught about a dozen suckers of various species, and no freshwater drum, sauger, or walleye. What would y'all do to catch them? Trout, catfish, white bass, and paddlefish are also a possibility. Those, I think I can figure out for myself. Thanks!
andy
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Well you should know what to

Well you should know what to do to catch all those redhorse - wade around and sight fish a crawler to them or else set up along a current break and bottom-fish.  With crawlers of course.  Actually, what you really need to find is a good current break period.  Sauger, walleye, redhorse and drum will all be found in a good location and will take a crawler.  Drum shouldn't be tough...jeez they are basically a pest in any river I  fish.  If you were to specifically target walleye and sauger, plus drum I would suggest a plain jighead or a fuzzee grub tipped with a fathead.  Hop it around those current breaks and you are sure to catch some fish.  A jig/minnow combo really turns the trick on those type of fish.  You could also just fish shiners on a bottom rig, that will eliminate the suckers but put those dinner fish on your line.  Good luck man.,/ 

the pyromaniac
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Thanks Andy! I bet I've
Thanks Andy! I bet I've caught more species than anybody else on this forum who hasn't caught a walleye....... I have a spot in mind and as soon as some of the aggravations of adulthood that have plagued me in recent weeks get settled, I'm going to see if I can get some dinner fish.. I'm seriously thinking of maybe turning some redhorse into "crab"cakes... It's one of those things you learn to cravve when you grow up in a predominantly black rural neighborhood in the south......

 

 

 

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*crave Stupid phone....
*crave Stupid phone....

 

 

 

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the pyromaniac
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There's a lot of rivers,
There's a lot of rivers, smallmouths, & blacks, so as redhorse go, that's my prime target. There's also a few goldens, silvers, blacktails, & shortheads, so there could be much bounty of Moxostoma...... The Clinch is interesting... There's more species in there than any other North American river. There's a ton of endemic micros (darters, sculpins, & minnows) and as standards go there's bass, catfish, walleye/sauger, paddlefish, drum, trout, muskies, mooneye, pike, sunfish, rock bass, crappie, gar, striped bass, yellow bass, white bass, redhorse, hogsuckers, and God only knows what else.

 

 

 

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the pyromaniac
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I've fished the Clinch right
I've fished the Clinch right much in past years, but not nearly as much as I'd like. I still have a lot to figure out...

 

 

 

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perkinsdonald
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for the sauger
Last few times fishing on the WI river ive casted over deeper water from shore with a deep diver catching sauger n waleye. A split shot ir two hook n worm will catch most anything though. I have a friend said his grandma made carp paitties he said they were good.

 

 

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the pyromaniac
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I don't carry a lot of deep
I don't carry a lot of deep divers, but I have a couple. I'll try that! I usually prefer topwaters, but that'll push the probability back to bass & muskies (not that I mind that), when I really want stuff for the freezer.

 

 

 

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