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Anyone ever fish for saugeye? If so, what is the best way to catch them?
If the walleye are in 10 feet of water and the sauger are in 50 feet of water the saugeye will be in 30 feet of water, half way in between. Fish for them like you would any other 'eye' fish!
Thanks. I got a buddy who wants to know so he can go for em.
Seriously I dont think you can target saugeye specifically but what do I know. I pick them up occasionally when fishing for walleye. Sauger on the river seem to hang in more current that walleye so you could try that, but why?
Yeah, I'm kinda curious as to why someone would target the hybrid myself.
I agree with lycan, I tend to catch more saugeye and saugers when fishing in current on the Missouri.
If you are fishing Sak, then the trick to likely finding more saugeyes will be deeper than the average walleye fisherman is at for any given point in the year.
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I talk on another forum also and if someone has a little trouble finding what they need I ask the other forum for advice and then share it with the one who is in need. This is the post he made:
ok well heres the deal i live in ohio and theres a place called alum creek and the wildlife department has tagged some saugeye and are paying 100$ if you catch one of the tagged saugeye problem is ive never fished for them and would like to make a little money doing what i love so any tips oh how to catch saugeye any info will be helpful
Just thought that since you all have lived in the north all your lives that you could give some good advice.
I'd definitely target deeper water. I've caught quite a few hybrids during the winter months fishing water out past 40 feet. Even had some as deep as 60 feet but I didn't like doing that much because fish were dead instantly. Anyway, the spawn will congregate each species in areas popular to spawning. I think it could be the best time to target saugeye during open water months because you can predict (or kinda predict) where they will be. That is, target areas in the deeper reaches of popular spawning areas (gravel shores, bars, and mouths of bays). In the late evening move quitely up onto shore and pitch small shad raps or jigs and you might nail a few saugeye this way. When it gets post spawn, the fish definitely spread out and it gets difficult to pattern anything. Best thing to do there is wait it out until the fish start actively feeding. But then you'll want to target saugeye like one would saugers. In reservoirs work in the deep water areas close to the existing river channels. Just like lycan and Allen said, the saugers dont' mind a little more moving water. Also, they prefer it deeper because they have the eye sight advantage and need a little colder water. However, as they also said, it'll be a crap shoot to which species you get. But, all you need to do is keep trying and sooner or later you'll tally some hybrids.