white sucker

The white sucker is one of the more common members of the sucker family. The species is found throughout much of North America, usually in rocky stream pools, rivers, or cool lakes.

Adult white suckers typically range from 12-20 inches in length. The world record white sucker weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz and was caught from a lake in Wisconsin in 1978.

In some areas, white suckers are classified as a rough fish. They are taken with natural baits as well as by alternative fishing methods.

Small to medium-sized fish are often used as bait for catching muskellunge, northern pike, and other gamefish.

Other names for the species include common or brook sucker.

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