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REDHORSE

Hunting, shooting, fishing for Redhorse

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Carp fishing, Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Game fishing, Spearfishing


Few people have fished exclusively for the redhorse fish, also known as a redhorse sucker or suckerfish.

Difficult to catch and hard to locate when they are not moving up rivers to spawn in low tributary waters, it is not as common to hook into this bottom feeder.

They thrive well in fast, oxygenated water where they can feed on water insects, worms and invertebrates from the bottom. Although bony, the meat is light and delicious, especially when smoked. In a river they are fished easily with light spinning tackle or by spear.

Boils of redhorse tails show where they are and can create quite an adventure, targeting them with whichever type of tackle is of interest to you.

Redfish react well to casting and dragging live bait or a worm imitation near the river floor and will give a light spinning rod, or even a fly rod a fun challenge. Typically they are not known as a game fish but because they are a challenge to get bait down to, a day fishing for Redhorse usually has a fisherman pulling out all of the tricks in his/her bag.

Get the bait down to get to these freshwater, North American suckers!

Basic Info


Varieties: Silver Redhorse, Greater Redhorse

Scientific name: Moxostoma

Size: average length 46 cm

Weight: 0.9 – 4.5 kg

Lifespan: 12 years

Methods: Carp fishing, Spinning, Fly fishing, Fresh water fishing, Game fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): North America