NAME: White Sucker
OTHER NAMES: common sucker, eastern sucker, mookie, muckie
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Catostomus commersoni
DISTINCT IDENTIFICATION MARKS: The white sucker has a torpedo shaped body with a sucker like mouth near the bottom of their rounded snout. The colour of them ranges from almost black, to a coppery brown or grey along the time, and lightens to an almost white along the belly.
SIZE: In Nova Scotia you can find White Suckers reaching up to 43cm (18inches) in length, but have been caught in other areas of the country reaching 63cm (25 inches)
MALE OR FEMALE: It is not always easy to distinguish between the two, but the female fish grows faster and bigger than the male.
WATER PREFERENCE: They enjoy warm waters around 24 degrees Celsius. But can be found almost anywhere, but often in the shallow quiet areas of lakes and rivers.
PLACE OF ORIGIN: They are a fish originating throughout the midwest and east. You will not find them though in Newfoundland and eastern Labrador or Prince Edward Island (let us know if you do please).
INITIAL ARRIVAL TO NOVA SCOTIA: Check note above
WORLD RECORD: Have this information? Please share.
BEST TIME TO FISH FOR: The absolute best time to fish for white suckers is in the morning and evening.
BEST LURES/BAIT TO USE: They are often caught on the same things you would use to catch trout. Such as dough balls, worms or small lures.
TASTE: They are a boney fish, but taste great when smoked.
SEASON FOR FISHING: Check your local regulations for when you can fish this species.
Before going fishing, it’s always a good idea to figure out what Zone you are fishing in, as set out in your Provincial Angler’s Handbook.