This section is from the book "Frank Forrester's Fishermens' Guide", by Frank Forrester.
There are a great many different species of the sucker, and some of them will not bite or nibble at any bait whatever. He is usually a white silvery fish with dark spine, and a peculiar puckery mouth. He goes by various names in different parts of the country, and frequents almost every stream and lake, large or small, throughout the Union. The kind that does not bite is sometimes taken with wire slip-noose, but as that is not legitimate sport, we do not deem it necessary to particularize the manner. The regular trout tackle and hooks are used in fishing the sucker everywhere, and worms are the proper bait, though he will bite at shad-roe in the spring season. There is a kind of black sucker, taken in Lake Erie, which goes by the name of the shoemaker. A red-tail sucker in some of the Western rivers is called the red-horse. A long species of sucker in the Ohio river is called the carp - an excellent fish, and which affords a good deal of sport. In the Delaware river the sucker has larger scales than those caught elsewhere. As a general thing the sucker is not esteemed highly as a table fish, nor is there usually much sport in fishing them. They suck in the bait, and thus nibble at the hook. They are not very lively when pulled up, and unless cooked immediately their flesh grows soft.