Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Hunt for the Mighty Long Nose Sucker

Spring is in the air and soon the Long Nose Sucker Catostomus catostomus will begin it's spawning run. I had the chance today to work in Lincoln New Hampshire and drove over the scenic Kancamagus Highway. Locals refer to it as the Kanc and so I will too.

Longnose suckers can be found in most waterbodies in New Hampshire but prefer faster water than it's cousin the white sucker.

 Both spawn when the water temperature crests 50 degrees, today was a little cold for the spawn but I went looking anyway.

I brought my trusty sucker spear and Abi the Wonder Dog. We didn't see a single fish but it was fun to climb around the mountain streams and check out the falls.

Here is a picture of a white sucker that we speared last year.