"Winter's the time for Tennessee's Mystery Fish"
courtesy of TWRA
Fishing is normally considered a warm weather
activity for many Tennessee anglers, but now is the best time of the
year to try Tennessee's mystery fish. January and February are prime
months for sauger fishing.
Many anglers consider the sauger to be a mystery fish. They are
looked on as being mysterious because most are taken in the winter
months. Although a number of sauger are taken during the spring and
summer months, over 90 percent of the sauger taken in Tennessee are
caught from November through March.
Tennessee is blessed with a number of good sauger areas and
hundreds of miles of sauger habitat.
A few of the most productive areas in West
1. Pickwick Dam tailrace downstream 10 miles to the Diamond Island area
of Kentucky Lake.
2. Coffee Landing area, Kentucky Lake, 10 miles north of Savannah
3. Mouth of Duck River where it enters Kentucky Lake.
It is difficult to predict peak fishing periods because the
weather is the controlling factor, but the best results come on dark,
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) urges all sauger
fishermen to be aware of the weather conditions before planning any
wintertime fishing trip. Remember to dress appropriately and practice
good safety habits. Watch for signs of hypothermia. Above all, stay dry
and be sure to wear your life jackets. Tennessee law requires that you
wear your life jacket 1,000 feet below dams.
Be sure to check the current Tennessee Fishing Regulations for the
creel and size limit for the body of water being fished. Fishing
Regulations may be found wherever hunting and fishing license are sold.