Welcome to the Mid Ohio Saugeye Trail. Catch short-striking fish like saugers and walleyes with this wintertime tailrace rig. Walleye, Sauger, and their hybrid "Saugeye" are known for loving Swimbaits. Here's the biggest difference, saugeyes are more bottom oriented. Whether you’re fishing from shore or on a boat, on a river or massive lake, conditions this time of … I would get a map and look for humps in or near deeper water. Trolling and baits. Crankbaits that dive to various depths can be attractive to fish positioned along the edge of habitat or along a bare bank. Wouldnât think ya could troll at the speed we do in spring and summer. The problem with Fireline is that it frays. The body of the saugeye is tubular and elongate and the tail fin has a white border on the lower end, like a walleye. Once a group of saugeye is found, many anglers then switch to jigs or jig and minnow combinations, vertically jigging in that area. When grouped up, it is usually more efficient to use other presentations like jigging. Saugeye are also in deep drop-offs this time of year. I use to fish saugeye alot. They are on the bottom most of the time and much deeper than warmer months. For saugeye, casting jigs tipped with brightly colored soft plastics around rocky areas in spring and fall. Thatâs what Iâm saying, Iâve havenât heard of anyone doing this for saugeye or maybe some are and just not saying anything. Mother Nature also makes the spring game challenging. I actually caught saugeye, crappie, white bass and hooked into a big musky! Know matter how good you think you are. Atwood Lake Saugeye Anglers has 1,095 members. Sometimes you can tell what species they are by the way they relate to cover and structure. posted by Kyle Wills on June 22, 2020 at 12:06 pm. I manage to get my share of Crappie also. In a few years Hoover will be a ideal spot to try this with both walleye and saugeye present. Precision Trolling sells an app that contains detailed depth charts for this lure and hundreds of other trolling lures and crankbaits. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 17: 220-224. Good line counter reel for trolling? And cold water never changes that rule. | Category: Fishing Reports. As spring approaches, trolling with baitfish imitators or casting shallow crankbaits will produce some strikes. no political post. Jigging and trolling are two popular methods of catching saugeye. Saugeye and Walleye are often caught in the Great Miami near the spillway in early spring: Suggested lures for walleye/saugeye fishing: Vibe-E, Spinners, 3" to 5" chartreuse curly tail grubs, Trolling: Big O and of course minnow and bobber, grubs are often tipped with a minnow for added attraction. Unlock additional features, and fewer ads while browsing. Saugeyes sometimes form concentrations in winter near structure or baitfish. Walleye, Sauger, and their hybrid "Saugeye" are known for loving Swimbaits. I think there are always fish doing different things in different parts of the lake. My number one rule of thumb is you must fish within 1 foot of the bottom. Posts: 22. I have trolled Ohio inland lakes in every month of the year and have caught fish in every month.
Once spawning is complete, fish move to deeper water in main-lake areas. While saugeye fishing success naturally comes and goes, business couldn't be better. Precision Trolling (link) sells an app that contains detailed depth charts for hundreds of different hard baits. I would love to know the answer to this as well. Sounds like there is enough from you guys who have been fishing for them much longer than I have to give it a go! Usually this time of year 1.2 to 1.5 mph is fast enough to get them to bite. The advantages of using a downrigger is being able to control your depth when you troll. Sometimes that timeline varies depending on the weather and water temps. Hoping of course that I found the correct species on the Hummers. Tailrace jig Pete Sucheski posted by Grady Neer on June 16, 2020 at 1:57 pm. Walleye/Saugeye in the spring and early summer can be of tremendous size and our Oklahoma limits are very generous. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) A forum community dedicated to Ohioâs fishers and enthusiasts. It is a rule not a law. We caught a handful of short fish, but landed one keeper 19\" 2.2lbs. In the fall fish shallow mudflats and points at depths of five to seven feet. There are more options nowadays than ever for trolling fishing line, but the reality is nothing, in my opinion, is stronger or thinner. Most people troll when fishing for walleye. Saugeye generally relate to the bottom of lakes or rivers and are often found near deep underwater structure. Other tips to keep in mind when saugeye fishing include: Gary Isbell, fisheries chief for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, said Ohio began experiments with saugeye in the late 1970s. Ice-fishing is popular with local fishermen, and frigid days bring out the saugeye anglers, who fish jigs tipped with minnows or bright plastic trailers on or near the bottom. Live bait rigged with a “bottom-bouncer” can be slowly dragged close to the bottom where walleye are usually located. Saugeye Trolling. Saugmon. 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. Feb 8, 2014 - How to fish swimbait minnows: which rod/reel combo, line type and weight, what jig weight to use, what color/size bait to use, using under spin jigs with swimbaits, fishing on a windy day, and fishing in channels for Bass, Walleye, Saugeye, and Crappie Suite 500, Troy, Michigan 48084 USA. Usually keep the speed around 1.2 to 1.75...or the slowest speed that will give your bait some action. Like saugers, saugeyes often ignore a bait presented more than a few inches off the bottom, so use enough weight to maintain bottom contact. Trolling is probably the most common method used for walleye. I catch some Saugeye in winter and most are very deep, 20-40 feet. These fish are just laying out there all day in the deeper basins and can be very willing biters. If you are trolling in the top 10 feet or so of the water then you can quite easily get away with a medium powered spinning setup and you might not need a dedicated trolling rod for walleye. Trolling along side drop offs of weed beds can be very productive and doesn't need quite as powerful a walleye setup as when you are trolling. In this article, I am going to cover some of the best trolling lures, how and where to use them and much more. To get your lure to that depth you may need to attach a weight followed by a 6-foot leader with your lure attached to the end of the leader. The daily bag limit for Walleye, Saugeye and Sauger is 6 fish. Most of my winter Saugeye come from deep stream wintering holes, where I can bank fish. The Moundwood and Lakeview areas often hold fish during these seasons, and trolling is a good way to efficiently cover a lot of water and find saugeye. Our design has proven time and again to be hugely effective for these types of fish in every season and water temperature. 'Eye color: Walleye/Saugeye/Sauger see yellows, oranges, and greens better than other colors. Boats on Hammertown Lake are restricted to electric motors and nonpowered craft only. I manage to get my share of Crappie also. I troll for saugeye at Indian Lake quite a bit. What I have seen is you'll spend 4 hrs trolling and catch most all your fish in a couple 15 minute spurts. However, location always determines presentation. 8. This is the bait to use in the winter and at night. If I don't get bit then I go through a rotation of presentations. Winter time saugeye can be finicky but when you hit it well it can be a blast! If people are still catching walleye on the big lake trolling why canât saugeye be caught down here doing the same? Quick video of buddy and I out on Alum Creek State Park reservoir, location in Central Ohio. If the fish are hitting the bait hard, anglers can try making the run with the current. I use smaller jerk baits...nothing over 4" long. Primetime for eyes is usually February thru June. Slow trolling for saugs in the winter can be very productive just like doing it for walleyes. reply to topic previous topic next topic. So, if the line is less than 45 degrees, add a little weight to your bouncer or snap weight. 13; 5 months ago. Not only are you guys good "sticks", but you all are a bunch of great guys to fish with. In summer heat you can try to get them down deep where the water can be may degrees cooler. To share photos, experiences and information with other Atwood Lake saugeye anglers. Not 30 but iI am talking 15 in bays with humps up to 8-10 ft. Effective trolling requires practice and an awareness of what is going on in the world below the boat. Typically when saugeyes suspend they are in a neutral to negative mood. 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. This way is tried and tested, but there is another option. Water level was high due to recent rain falls. Trolling Depth Trick #5. Saugeyes are a hybrid species, the result of crossing a … That is a good place to be fishing. This time of year is hard fishing, alot of seach and destroy on a new lake. Saugeye occur in the middle portion of the U.S. and are focused along the Mississippi River drainage basin and its surrounding tributaries.