Sauger over Crappie?
I went and put out beds on Friday afternoon and got out early Saturday morning to Crappie fish. I fished a couple of hours and scratched out 8 keepers when the call came in. "I'm in the secret Sauger hole and they are tearing it up. Bring some big shiners and come on." I have not had the oppurtunity to lay much claim to the ole Sauger the last few years since I started guiding duck hunts in MS. So I struck out to fight the conditions and it was worth it. My boat ended up with 12 keepers in about two hours before the rain and wind finally run us in. If this weather ever breaks the Crappie are in for trouble. All Crappie were caught in 10'-12' over man made stake beds on minnows. It seemed like they preferred minnows over jigs. All Sauger were caught on 1oz jigs tipped with big shiners in 32'-40'. Water was clear and about 44-47 degrees. Weather is warming this week with rain in the forecast about three days straight. Looks like the wind will be tolerable as well. This is the time of year that drives me crazy because the weather is so unstable. 65 degrees one day and 20 degrees the next. The good news is the fish are biting if you can locate them. Fishing should be decent later this week as warmer temps and rain will likely raise the water temps. Lake is right at winter pool so be careful in those shallow creeks and bays because no one likes a prop shop visit. I will be back on the water later this week and will post what I know then.