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#3103769 - 01/01/13 12:33 AM Pickwick Dam Sauger Questions
TNRifleman
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I am interested in Sauger fishing this year below Pickwick Dam and am looking for some help getting started. I grew up in Pennsylvania and did a lot of fishing for Walleyes in the Lake Erie and other smaller lakes in Western, PA. We drift fished jigs and night-crawlers, trolled Hot n Tots and drug worm harnesses with spinners. Is the Sauger fishing below Pickwick Dam anything like this or are there other tried and true techniques? Also, I am hearing the action heats up in February. Any info you guys could share would be helpful.
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#3103792 - 01/01/13 01:36 AM Re: Pickwick Dam Sauger Questions [Re: TNRifleman]
chip
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They should be catching some now but feb is better all the way thru easter usally . Several people fish right at the dam in front of the flood gates all the way around the lock walls and the silos . A bunch of fish get caught there but I prefer fishing down river . Usually from the dam to clifton .

I fish a 1oz some but mostly 1-1/4 oz hair jig tipped with a tuffy minnow and a stinger hook . Some people use shiners and several use rubber grubs of all kinds and colors . You can find the jigs at most of the stores around the dam any color will work . I have about 60 differnt paint and hair color combos . You can't go wrong with a red head green hair or orange and green or blue , purple or black .

You can find some good spots by riding down the river and looking for the boats . Just pull up river from them and get in the drift . I usually fish between 25 - 45 ft of water the later the date shallower they get .They usually stack up in the river bends usually in the deeper pockets . They also get below creek mouths . Drop your jig to the bottom keep your line tight and jig it up to about 16 inches off the bottom . I use a med-hvy spinning rod with 14 lb braid if you feel any resistance set the hook repeat till you catch one . If you have any more questions let me know I'll help if I can good luck !

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#3103963 - 01/01/13 08:58 AM Re: Pickwick Dam Sauger Questions [Re: chip]
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You can't get better advice than that, I love the orange and green sauger jigs
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#3104030 - 01/01/13 09:49 AM Re: Pickwick Dam Sauger Questions [Re: easy45]
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Thanks. This info is great and I really appreciate the help.
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#3104347 - 01/01/13 12:50 PM Re: Pickwick Dam Sauger Questions [Re: TNRifleman]
chip
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Your welcome I'll try and get some pics of my jigs when I get a chance . To give you a better idea what they look like .
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#3105712 - 01/02/13 10:30 AM Re: Pickwick Dam Sauger Questions [Re: chip]
Crosshairy
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Lots of folks tip the sauger jigs with minnows or sometimes a soft plastic of some sort. I always bring something extra along to try like that in case the bite is slow, but I'm the first to admit that I'm not much of a sauger fisherman (I mostly catch them by accident in the warmer months). I sure enjoy eating them, though!

I don't care much for the 2-hour drive to the boat ramp, or the frigid temperatures, or the finicky bite, or the boring vertical jigging that ensues. But if the fish are biting, it's worth it! \:\)
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#3110478 - 01/05/13 03:29 PM Re: Pickwick Dam Sauger Questions [Re: Crosshairy]
7wsm
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number 6 crank bait shad color or green flake works really good if trolling also try cordell hull below dam great fishing there april and may is the best atleast for me trolling there it is catch alot saugeye up ther eto
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