They can be found as far north as Michigan and as far south as Mississippi. Our design has proven time and again to be hugely effective for these types of fish in every season and water temperature. Saugeye fishing at Alum Creek Lake and trolling with Berkley Flicker Shads. Luck in fishing is preparation meeting opportunity. Saugeye fishing is also good just off the beach area in 10 to 15 feet of water. Then, decide what is the best way to present a lure. Fishing top water lures after dark during the summer can be very effective in catching bass. Know matter how good you think you are. Trolling works fine for Saugeyes in winter water temps. When jigging, leadhead jigs with hair, feather or plastic bodies are effective, especially when tipped with live bait. Saugeye generally relate to the bottom of lakes or rivers and are often found near deep underwater structure. Welcome to the Mid Ohio Saugeye Trail. Fishing Rod Power rates the amount of pressure needed to bend the rod at its action rating. We were throwing/ trolling Bottom Bouncers and worm harnesses for saugeye, gold blade was the ticket. We caught a handful of short fish, but landed one keeper 19" 2.2lbs. If you want to compare the saugeye vs walleye, saugeyes are close to the size of walleyes and have the markings of the sauger. Most classic walleye rigs and presentations work for saugeyes, but jigs tipped with livebait are particularly effective. I find fish first. Saugeye may be caught along the dam and causeways by trolling live bait rigs and crankbaits near the water’s surface. A good strategy to find these deepwater fish is trolling with deep-diving crankbaits. Jigging and trolling are two popular methods of catching saugeye. I typically troll crankbaits with leadcore in deep water. This way is tried and tested, but there is another option. Berkley Flicker Shad. Live bait rigged with a “bottom-bouncer” can be slowly dragged close to … Although good fishing abounds in Indiana for everything from bluegills to bass to catfish, one species that is often overlooked by anglers is the saugeye. Remember I’ve only been a saugeye fisherman 1 year. The only sure thing with Saugeyes is, that if you can find the fish food, there will likely be bigger fish nearby trying to eat the food. That’s saugeye time, and action should be unusually good, since the high water means few have been caught so far this winter. Trolling puts a lot more pressure on your gear especially if you are using planer boards or heavy lead core line to help get down deep. Walleye/Saugeye Season . Usually this time of year 1.2 to 1.5 mph is fast enough to get them to bite. And every time I fished alum in this time of my life it was 100% trolling. The Division of Wildlife’s mission is to conserve and improve fish and wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainable use and appreciation by all. JavaScript is disabled. In summer heat you can try to get them down deep where the water can be may degrees cooler. reply to topic previous topic next topic. Here's the biggest difference, saugeyes are more bottom oriented. FredT , Jan 6, 2009 Sometimes that timeline varies depending on the weather and water temps. Shoreline cover around the lake … January 17, 2011. In the fall fish shallow mudflats and points at depths of five to seven feet. It is a rule not a law. Once their run is completed, they will head back downstream to set up for another pass. Good luck! I have trolled Ohio inland lakes in every month of the year and have caught fish in every month. Minimum size limit is 15 inches. This is the bait to use in the winter and at night. Quick video of buddy and I out on Alum Creek State Park reservoir, location in Central Ohio. The range has a lot of of crazy colors to choose from and most will work best on really dull days or when night fishing for walleye. Johnson, B. L., D. L. Smith and R. F. Carline. Atwood Lake Saugeye Anglers has 1,095 members. View Profile View Forum Posts Private Message View Blog Entries Junior Member Join Date Oct 2019 Posts 12. The lake's small size, plus the absence of large motorboats, makes the reservoir ideal for canoes, kayaks and john boats. I manage to get my share of Crappie also. The fishery is rated fair. Hoping of course that I found the correct species on the Hummers. If someone else uses that phrase, and you're seeking direction, it would be prudent to ask a few more questions. My number one rule of thumb is you must fish within 1 foot of the bottom. I catch some Saugeye in winter and most are very deep, 20-40 feet. Ass backwards from walleyes. A forum community dedicated to Ohio’s fishers and enthusiasts. Might just be cabin fever kicking in! I discussed earlier how to catch walleye and saugeye from the bank, however fishing from a boat is a completely different scenario. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Mr. Fisherman. Tailrace jig Pete Sucheski Here you can choose anywhere from 8 to 60 pound line, which makes this stuff more than ideal for both small and large walleye, even the largest of walleye. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 17: 220-224. I use 1/8oz Rat-L-Traps and Rapala SSR-5 and SSR-7s. Hoover Reservoir (Delaware and Franklin counties) – Saugeye, up to 26 inches, can be taken just beneath the surface during evening hours when casting or trolling small crankbaits. Water temp is still 10 degrees colder than this time last year. We caught a handful of short fish, but landed one keeper 19\" 2.2lbs. Saugeye love old road beds, the foundations of sunken houses, ancient roads and humps off points with good bottom structure — whether it be stones or … 8. Later on in the season, drifting walleye spinner rigs, tipped with live nightcrawlers will catch saugeye, as does casting or trolling crankbaits across flats. Fishing Events Click here for Kids Fishing Derby Photos Saugeye Stocking Report 2011 - Ohio Division of Wildlife Our standard annual request for stocking of saugeye at Indian Lake is 100 fingerlings per acre. South Bend Monofilament Fishing Line. Another deep running crank for trolling the Reef Runner. Gary Isbell, fisheries chief for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said Ohio began experiments with saugeye in the late 1970s. I only use braid with a heavy snap swivel no problems. The surge in saugeye came after ground-breaking research in Ohio that indicated saugeye, unlike walleye, thrive in turbid water typical in lowland reservoirs in the Central United States. Walleye/Saugeye Fishing . Water level was high due to recent rain falls. another Hillbilly. Higher trolling speeds can also be utilized on rivers in conjunction with the current. There are a few different techniques for trolling, you can use a downrigger, planar board, dipsy diver or just troll. Other tips to keep in mind when saugeye fishing include: We appreciate the fact that you take time out of your busy schedules to fish. But finicky saugers are notorious short-strikers. It's a great system to put a small bait down deep. • Bullock Pen, 134 acres in Grant County. If I don't get bit then I go through a rotation of presentations. I’d start at Alum in front of the dam. After you catch a fish you have to constantly eyeball the line above the hook. Starting at ice-out, drift minnow-tipped jigs close to the bottom. However, location always determines presentation. 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