Sauger over Crappie?


katfish76's picture

By katfish76 - Posted on 23 February 2009

Picture 006.jpg

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.

Longhunter's picture

We don't have Sauger here, but some transplanted Walleye look close and they are goooood. Still crappiei are the best.

Make It Count!!! <><

Ray's picture

Katfish76 that looks like a great day on the water. So how do those sauger eat ascompared to crappiei? I have only caught a couple by accident and released them.

Ray

katfish76's picture

They eat pretty well. Fried them up in cornflake batter Sunday afternoon. I prefer the crappiei over them but I have not eat a bad Sauger yet. My favorite eating fish in order are Yellow Perch(hard to catch a mess at KY Lake but the best table fare that swims there), Crappie, Shellcrackers(Can't wait for that 70 degree water), Sauger, Flathead Cats, and White Cats.

Chris "Katfish" Johnson
Professional Fishing & Duck Hunting Guide
Tn River Guide Service

Biggame's picture

Ray a lot of people prefer sauger to crappiei. I like them both but a crappie fillet deep fried is my personel favorite.

Where are the fish?

Biggame's picture

Looks like it was well worth the ride. Those are my two favorite eating fish. Where were you fishing?

Where are the fish?

katfish76's picture

North of New Johnsonville is all I can say. One little bend in the channel. Never seen another boat Sauger fishing there other than the two or three people I showed it to.

Chris "Katfish" Johnson
Professional Fishing & Duck Hunting Guide
Tn River Guide Service

wingman's picture

Them sauger look like they are ready to pop!

Take a kid fishing!!!

katfish76's picture

Everyone we caught was a big sow and full of eggs. They were busting at the seams. The shortest fish in the pic was a little over 14". All were very nice fish. My buddy is out there now after them again.

Chris "Katfish" Johnson
Professional Fishing & Duck Hunting Guide
Tn River Guide Service

Charlie's picture

I may have to try some of those Sauger, I mainly just eat crappiei.

Charlie
Honey Hole Guide Service

katfish76's picture

They catch a ton of them down around Pickwick dam and below the dam around Shiloh and Diamond Island. Don't you fish Pickwick a lot?

Chris "Katfish" Johnson
Professional Fishing & Duck Hunting Guide
Tn River Guide Service

bowfish12's picture

I've caught them in Johnathon Creek bass fishing a couple years ago, wore 'em out for 3 days straight.

Thanks for stopping by www.crappie101.com. We are the site dedicated to crappie fishingi. We bring you tips and techniques from crappie country's top pros and the everyday fisherman not to mention the most complete information on crappie lakes from all around the country.

Bookmark Us

Bookmark Website 
Bookmark Page 

Follow Us

Find www.crappie101.com on TwitterFind www.crappie101.com on FacebookFind www.crappie101.com on YouTubeFind www.crappie101.com on Flickr

Platinum Sponsor

Current Moon

Recommend this page

Who's online

There are currently 0 users and 40 guests online.

Refers to releasing a smaller fish and replacing it with a larger one you have caught once you have reached your limit.

Search Glossary