Come the middle of April, and most north central Ohio anglers are growing desperate to do a little fishing. Some will pig and jig for bass, seek early bluegills and crappie or maybe try their luck at the Fremont walleye run.
But lots more just want to soak up weak sunshine, watch redwing blackbirds balance on a reed, and listen to early frogs peeping in ditches and swamps. Naturally, they want to catch fish too, fish that are sweet meated and delectable, but most have relaxation and lazy times in mind, as well as fishing. So, anglers of this persuasion tend to go seeking suckers.
Suckers begin spawning in late March most years and continue the business through early May, moving up out of lakes and deep water holes in larger rivers into small tributaries to reproduce the next generation. The fish most sought are white suckers, large, buglemouthed, silvery fish that might reach 3 to 4 pounds. There are smaller black suckers too, along with buffalo, quillbacks, redhorse, and other lesser species. But whites are the chosen quarry.
They tend to do their running at night, splashing up over shallow water riffles like little salmon in their march upstream, and they rest for the day in the deepest pools and long, smooth runs they can find. Which makes where to fish an obvious choice in Ohio streams and small rivers. You certainly don't need much gear.