So do you just fish bait on the bottom from shore?
I think they are cool as hell in spite of their slimy habits, but I've only caught them through the ice. I skin them immediately after I catch and kill them now. It's been a while... guess I better get out.Yes. They spawn from December through February and are active at night.
A lot of guys use smelt because you can just buy it easily, but I think the best legal bait is 2” cubes of sucker meat with the skin attached. If you run your hook through the skin you won’t lose your bait. I usually catch a couple suckers over the summer, cube them up and freeze them for December/January ling’n.
Breaded and fried the filets off the ones we got last night and ate them for lunch today. I think a real case could be made that they are the best tasting fish in Montana. And just generally one of the most interesting.
I had never given consideration to different kinds of suckers. I think I am solely using longnose suckers, but mainly because I know where to easily catch them.SUCKER with the skin on is the only way to go.
But the small scale type of sucket like the whit, longnose, and mountain.
The redhorse and blue are not nearly as effective for bait but all are better than smelt especially frozen smelt.
I used to live right near the anual "Eel Pout Festival" in Walker Minnesota. I doubt there is another festival like that anywhere... I've never caught one though. They're on my list.Those ling look alot like the eelpout (or maybe they are the same and you guys have a different name where you are) we have here in the Northern MN. Real good eating. We just battered and fried like any other fish. Yum!!!
Never been Ling lake fishing. But I do know a lot about Ocean fish. My entire family worked in a fish cannery. My dad filleted fish for 42 years. I basically grew up in the damn thing.
And here is what I know. God did not create a better white fish than Lingcod. Halibut- Nope, Cod- nope, bass- nope. I go to Alaska quite often fishing. All I want is ling.......................