The fish might just stop and twitch its lips. Plants are living things, too -- they're just easier to catch! But you have to be tense and ready to strike when they approach your bait, and when they have it, you have to strike quickly before they spit it out. Just thought I would throw the idea out there for anyone who wanted to try it out. Luckily, that same year we launched roughfish.com, and dozens of skilled anglers were about to join the hunt. This is active feeding in a territory. So just what is a quillback carpsucker? it's very distinctive, almost like "line bites" from carp brushing against the main line, but it's much more prolonged & consistent... up to several minutes. I will set my bait in their path and kneel down or lay down. I can't remember the technique he used to catch it. Multi-species angler Ben Cantrell managed to catch a couple of juvenile quillbacks (Carpiodes cyprinus) recently (late March, 2013), and since I have never seen any this young—in person or in photos this clear—I asked if he would let me post them here. I'll defnately be looking back at this in the future, among my top flavors for dough/paste are vanilla extract, fish oil, unrefined sunflower oil and honey... any one (not all together) used in tiny amonts, otherwise the dough slides off the hook too easily from too much sugar/oil, "In these cases, even a perfect presentation is useless and you're going to have a bad time if you keep at it.". Good aggresive bite too. Then, I discovered Wisconsin. They are often caught in deep, cold water by bottom fishing with herring or jigging. When they are over the bait they will often keep going, but watch their pectoral fins. Eli do you have a dam or something to stop their migration around you? [the Delaware R. Basin has no redhorse, at all; White & rare N. Hog are the only sizeable suckers; Quills are the only carpsuckers], I scale down to about 4X tippet for leader & #10 hooks (smaller/lighter might be better, but I like to keep things marginally carp-worthy, in case they show up), Instead of jerky, aggressive little bites that usually indicate fallfish/chub/sunfish, or slower, more deliberate sucker bites, my line just shakes w/ barely any movement of the rod tip (or none at all), which is like a big neon sign flashing QUILLBACK!!! As the hours clicked passed, I stuck with the float. It only took a couple of very very tense adjustments to get the bait in the right place. The lower fins are whitish (unlike buffalofishes, which have the lower fins dark). Carpsucker anglers are like Jedi masters, and you are closing in on Yoda territory. Often they will swim away from the bait if we use mono and wont be frightened by the braid. Depending on the angle, you might see the mouth extend or quiver. The fish that does this the most in a small group is the easiest target, watch that fish an set up to target that individual fish. Juveniles are usually shallower than adults and can be found on bull kelp-covered rocky outcrops, while adults tend to live in deeper water as solitary individuals. Since then I have fished the Ottertail and have never scored nor have seen anyone else catch one. This might seem pretty obvious, but there's more to it than it seems. roughfish identification, lifelist angling, fishing rare unusual fish species: bowfin burbot buffalo gar redhorse suckers carp. This really means nothing because of what else happened that same day. When you see that set the hook. Information and translations of quillback in the most comprehensive dictionary definitions resource on the web. My buddy caught one right next to me on a big ball of crawlers. Not to plug a brand, but I felt like the vibe was a pretty go deal at the price point. I really need to catch one. All of the illustrious members of The Carpsucker Underground had watched these fish feed for many hours. I happen to use long light Steelhead rods, rather than proper carp tackle, so I can enjoy the smaller stuff. Miller’s fish set the state record for quillback taken by alternative methods (the old mark was 1 pound, 14 ounces). They inhabit shallow, slow water areas, such as deep pools, backwaters, side channels, and the flats. Welcome to the strange world of angling for one of the most frustrating fishes in the world. Anyboy try this? Once I got my driver's license, I went there. My most consistent success is with what I described above but it certainly is not required. The Division of Wildlife’s mission is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. But true sportsmen will always rise to the challenge and figure out how to catch them. I won't claim to be good at it even today. A spookier fish you will not find. species which can otherwise be caught with red lures).