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E-mail:  MrSauger@webtv.net Joel Tuck  .
Hi Gang,
January 30-2000

I have just returned from a fantastic sauger fishing trip on Kentucky
Lake. I was joined by my two of my best friends, and favorite fishing
partners. We enjoyed one of the best trips we have ever had. We were
fishing from the Pickwick Landing area on Kentucky Lake, and launched
our boat at the state park public boat ramp just below Pickwick dam.
This location has had several articles written about the excellent
sauger fishery that exists. Most recently in the Walleye In-Sider, as
one of the top locations to fish for sauger during this time of year in
the mid-south.

Before I proceed any further with this fishing report, I would like to
give credit to both of my fishing companions. They made this trip
entertaining, and contributed to our success with their wisdom and quick


5/8 TO 1 1/4 OZ. HAIR JIGS (Banana, Erie & Wedgehead with stinger hooks)

We started fishing Wednesday morning near the Pickwick dam shortwall
that separates the turbines, and the flood gates. We were fishing along
the floodgate side along the shortwall, just out from the wall at the
edge of the current. The first sauger was caught within 5 minutes, and
it was a very heavy 16 inch fish. The action was very slow during
mid-day near the shortwall, so we decided to take the trolling motor,
and work our way down the floodgates vertical jigging with thumper jigs.
This did not produce any fish, so we continued to move to common
structure that attracts sauger near a dam, such as current breaks and

We finally located some sauger near the large barge pillars close to the
locks. We used a controlled drift while fishing the area that separates
the two locks. The current is kind of strong around the barge pillars,
and the area has scattered holes that offer the sauger current breaks.
What was so impressive was the fish we were catching were not small
fish. We only boated a couple of 14 inch fish on Wednesday, and we had
no fish that small in our livewell for Thursday. All of these fish were
at least 15 inches in length with the majority of fish 16 inches and
larger. Our largest sauger was 18 1/2 inches, but this was a very heavy

Typically, late afternoon offers excellent fishing near the dam
shortwall. This proved to be our best location, with sauger very active
after 3:30 pm until dark.. There were times when all 3 of us had a fish
on at the same time.

Thursday morning we enjoyed some success fishing along the lock wall
near the corner of the floodgates. However, this is where we caught the
majority of smaller fish. Our best location Thursday was fishing near
the barge pillars again. Boat control was slightly more complicated at
times because of strong winds.

Watch for sauger to really turn on with  approaching weather fronts. If
possible try to target them a couple of days before the front arrives.

Excellent sauger fishing should continue throughout February. A few
sauger will spawn late, and provide some decent fishing on through the
first couple of weeks in March along the lower Tennessee river.

We ended our trip just a little earlier than normal due to the
approaching storm system. This storm is supposed to be a major winter
storm for most the south.

We joked with one another about good old boys from down south needing
ice picks just to launch our boat. Ironically, this was not to far from
the truth this trip. The problem we feared most was the boat ramp
freezing, thus making loading, and unloading a boat hazardous. However,
this was not a problem, in fact there was no more then 3 or 4 boats
fishing on both days. We did have some trouble with our rod tips
freezing, and the livewell hatch was a pain to open at times. I'm sure
some of the your northern walleye fishermen are getting a kick out of
this part of my report.

In total we caught over 30 sauger on Wednesday, and a dozen Thursday
morning. We ended up keeping 19 or 20 fish for a future fish fry. I have
to tell you that I don't think that there's anything better then a good
old southern fish fry when it's cornmeal battered, deep fat fried sauger
fillets. Top that off with some southern style hushpuppy's, coleslaw,
and fries for one heck of a meal.

That's the report for now. I'm trying to stay warm as the snow has
already started falling here now. Until next time y'all keep your hooks
sharp, and your lines tight.

Joel Tuck a.k.a. Mr. Sauger

This is my latest fishing report. 11-29-99

Howdy Y'all,

It's time to update the sauger and walleye fishing report from the"Dixie". So sit back and enjoy some southern eXposure! This report cover two locations Wheeler lake on the Tennessee river and Bankhead lake on the Warrior river.
WEDNESDAY: November 24th

LOCATION: Wheeler lake on the Tennessee river sauger fishing below Guntersville dam. We decided to try our luck again for sauger and we had a great day on the river. The front that has dropped snow and rain across the mountain and plain states was moving our way. Bringing some
much needed rain for our area. The pending front also turned on the sauger and we caught 32 fish. However, we released all of the fish that we caught on this trip, as we have plenty of sauger fillets in our freezer's already.
The big difference about this trip from our previous trips is where we caught most of our fish. The surface air temperature was low seventies and the water temperature is still holding at 58 degrees. We did fish the "short wall" but with only limited success. After about an hours time, I had caught 5 sauger and my fishing partner had caught 2 white bass. Again, we were jigging with thumper jigs, but this time I was using a 1 ounce jig instead of a 5/8 or 3/4 ounce jig.

We moved down to the mouth of the first creek below the dam just above the first bluff to try our luck there. We had a mild current flow and so I opted for a 2 ounce bottom bouncer with a chartreuse minnow spinner harness as well as continuing to use a thumper jig. We started fishing
in about 18 feet of water drifting downstream and through a 30 foot deep hole. The action was fast and exciting. This was our best day fishing in this location as the sauger begin to stack up below the dam. We did not fail to catch something on each pass we made. In fact we had multiple
catches of multi-species of fish.
This fast paced action continued until the wind began to blow very strong and the skies became very cloudy. We could tell that the rain was about to begin. We ended our day fishing just a little earlier then normal due to the weather. The rain started as soon as we sat down in my
truck after loading the boat back upon its trailer.
This past week we noticed more and more fishermen on the water. It seems the word is out that the sauger have started moving in below the dams along the Tennessee river. I was talking to one of the clerks at Ken's Bait Too Tackle store on Alabama highway 69 in Guntersville. This clerk
said that the sauger had not really turned on yet, upon the main lake. I plan on fishing on the main lake soon so we will see if he is right.

TUESDAY: November 23rd

LOCATION: Walleye fishing on Bankhead lake on the Warrior river. We decided to try and chase down some of the native genetically separate southern strain walleye on the upper end of the warrior river. This area produces some nice "eyes" starting in the late fall throughout the winter and into the early spring. The walleye population is not extremely large, however it is self sustaining. At present there is not a stocking program for walleye in Alabama, and most of the walleye that are taken in the state are caught incidentally.
We launched at 7:00 am at the U.S. highway 78 public boat ramp just southeast of Jasper, Alabama. The surface air temperature was in the mid sixties and the surface water temperature was a cool 55 degrees. As the day wore on the surface water temperature climbed up to 58 degrees.
The area we concentrated in is where the Sipsey river and Mulberry fork of the Warrior river merge. This upper section of Bankhead lake is a ravine area of the reservoir. The water flowing into Bankhead lake from the Sipsey river is very cool, and the state of Alabama has a rainbow
trout stocking program for this area that is a favorite for local fly fishermen.
We covered miles of water searching for "old marble eyes" by trolling shad imitator crankbaits, bottom bouncers and by jigging, but we only managed to catch a few spotted bass. This area seems to produce best just a little later on during the months of January through March. We were in hopes of finding a few "eyes" in their spawning migration near the cooler water at the mouth of the Sipsey river. The trip was entertaining and we vowed to return soon and try our luck again.
The area in which we fished is loaded with flooded timber and "blow downs" It will take a toll on your tackle including "weedless jigs". If you like fishing timber and blown downs then this is the place for you...lol. The fish tend to hold very tight to the timber now, and you must find a way to entice them out of their ambush points. A little later on the walleye will be located out in more open water and prove to be much easier to catch. Most of the walleye taken from this area have been caught using jigs.

THURSDAY: November 18th
LOCATION: We fished below Guntersville dam on Wheeler lake on the Tennessee river. The surface air temperature was in the mid-seventies and the surface water temperature was 58 degrees. We arrived at approximately 7:00 am again launching my boat from the Alabama highway 69 access on the Guntersville side of the river. As always we stopped by R and J Bait and Minnow Farm in Brooksville, Alabama to purchase our livebait. Mr. Talley the owner of R & J Bait farm sells livebait to all of the Bait and tackle stores up and down the Guntersville lake area. Besides getting the highest quality livebait direct from the source, we also get the most accurate fishing reports for the area from Mr. Talley.
We started our day fishing the "shortwall area" below the dam, but with rather poor success for early in the morning. The water depth around the short wall is around 17 feet, but rapid depth changes spells treacherous tackle consuming bottom structure. The TVA was not running all of the turbines and thus the sauger were not as active. We did catch a few small sauger, but nothing to brag about. We were jigging with 1/2 ounce custom tied Erie style jigs and Aspirin-head jigs. We were tipping our jigs using a shiner minnows with stinger hooks. We also used 3-way rigs with at least 2 ounce bell sinkers with an 8 to 10 inch dropper and 18 inch leader to a 2/0 octopus hook snell.

We decided to run down river and fish the first bluff that is about a mile and a half downstream. This area also has a large creek feeding into the river just before you arrive at the bluff. I recommend that you start fishing just above the mouth of the creek in about 20 feet of water. As soon as we arrived I nailed a nice 16 inch sauger. However, that was the only sauger we caught that measured 14 inches or larger in this area. We did manage to hook and land two gars one of which was over
4 feet long. This was the first time I had ever caught a gar jigging.

We the moved further downstream to the "Paintrock bluff area". Again we picked up a few sauger but nothing to brag about. This was the slowest day we have had this season sauger fishing. We decided to return to the dam and try our luck there again. The area around the short wall seems
to always be much more productive during the last couple of hours before dark.

Upon arriving back at the shortwall that afternoon, I caught another nice sauger. My fishing partner then nailed a 19 1/2 inch sauger on a 1/2 ounce orange on orange aspirin-head jig. This was our largest sauger so far for this season weighing just over 2 pounds. We ended up with  6 nice sauger in the livewell at the end of the day. The most productive colors are chartreuse/lime early and orange/orange in the afternoon until dusk.

Joel Tuck - Mr. Sauger

This past week we fished below Guntersville dam on Wheeler lake for
sauger on Thursday Nov. 11th, and then again on Saturday Nov. 14th. The
following is my fishing report for both trips.

THURSDAY: November 11-11-99
We launched at 7:00 am from the Guntersville side AL. HWY 69 access, following a visit to R & J (minnow) Bait Farm in Brooksville, Alabama. Mr. Tally the owner of the minnow farm told us that the sauger fishing was off, because the TVA was dropping lake water levels on Wheeler lake.
While this news caused some concern, it only reinforced our determination to catch a limit of legal size sauger. For this past week we have also had above normal temperatures enjoying much warmer than normal for fall of the year weather. However, Thursday we had a slight cold front approaching with some wind gusts, but no rain for our area. Air temperature was in the mid-seventies and the surface water temperature was 61 degrees, water clarity is clear. I had two other fishing partners fishing with me on this trip and we were fishing from my backtroller.

We proceeded to fish the edges of the strong current near the short wall of the dam. Most of the turbines were on providing us with plenty of current. Although we had a slow start catching only a few fish within the first hour. Afterwards we were able to patterned the sauger and enjoyed a banner day. We primarily worked an area just down stream from the short wall taking the bow trolling motor to position us at the edge of the current and then drift down and circle back and repeat the
pattern again. This trip we fished with smaller jigs from 1/4 ounce up to 3/4 ounce with 1/2 ounce proving to be the best overall size. Since the current is kinda strong you simply allow your jigs to drift down and hop them back to you. This method is costly upon tackle as you do hang up and lose some tackle but about half the time we were able to save our tackle without any damage or loss. Strikes were very aggressive thus making this type of jigging even more fun. We also fished with 3-way rigs and we were using a combination of flathead (tuffy's) and shiner minnows as our livebait. It appeared to me that the shiners were slightly preferred over the tuffy's by the sauger taken by us while jigging and using 3-way rigs.

This ended up being our best day yet sauger fishing. Coming at a time that everyone else had said that the sauger bite was off. The key(s) to success in fishing is confidence, understanding sauger behavior, habitat and adjusting to meet changing conditions with your presentation. Jig color/size patterns  changed from the morning hours to a completely different color/size pattern in the afternoon. I recommend that whenever you're fishing for sauger you experiment with different color/size jigs and jigging techniques. Sauger have THE most light sensitive eyesight of
all of North American fish. A saugers eyesight is even more sensitive than their cousin the walleye. If I had to recommend four colors to use to fish for sauger my choices would be chartreuse, lime, orange and yellow or combinations of these colors.

Again other sauger fishermen around us watched dumb founded as we enjoyed a consistent catch rate and a much greater success with quality fish. This trip we also caught a lot of smaller fish as well.

SATURDAY: 11-13-99
Almost everything that was described for Thursday trip can be said for Saturdays trip with only a couple of exceptions. We had a lot of fog on early Saturday morning and so we ended up arriving just a bit later then we did on Thursday morning. Winds were calm and the air temperature was
just a couple of degrees cooler. We did not have as much current being generated by the turbines Saturday because power demands are generally less during the weekend. However, the sauger were still biting if you adjusted to their behavioral pattern for that time of day and under different conditions. We did fish the bluffs down river from the dam Saturday and that is were I caught my biggest sauger for the day.

The word on Saturday morning from the local bait and tackle store had changed from Thursday morning to now say that the sauger bite was improving despite of the TVA water drawn down.

That is this weeks report from my latest trips to Wheeler lake. I wish you all great success on your next fishing trip, so until next time keep your hooks sharp and your lines tight.

On Thursday we (the 3 of us fishing from my boat) caught the limit of sauger 10 per person in Alabama waters. On Saturday our total was 17 sauger for 3 people fishing. The largest sauger was 18 inches on Thursday and the largest sauger was 15 1/2 inches on Saturday. We practice catch an release for most of our catch keeping no more than 10 fish during any outing.
Current creel limits and regulations in Alabama is 10 sauger per fisherman, of which 7 sauger must measure 14 inches in total length or larger. The Heart of Dixie state sauger regulations allows you to
harvest 3 sauger of your total daily creel limit to be less then 14 inches in length. This regulation is in effect for mortally hooked fish that there is no way in which to release it in which it will survive.

Current creel limits and regulation in Tennessee is generally 10 sauger per fisherman. On Kentucky lake the sauger must measure 14 inches in total length with a creel limit of 15 fish per day. Tennessee has varied creel limits set throughout the state on sauger and walleye. Due to this fact you will need to consult a Tennessee Fishing Regulations publication when fishing throughout the Volunteer state to be certain of exact creel and size limits.

If anyone needs any assistance about locations to fish, regulations, out of state licenses, guides or lodging just have them contact me and I will be glad to offer advise and assist them. I am making this offer just as a fisherman willing to help. I am not in any form or fashion connected with any commercial operation

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