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Sauger Time in Tennessee
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
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
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, overcast
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
may be found wherever hunting and fishing license are sold.
is a professional hunting and fishing guide here in the Paris Landing
area and host of The Outdoor Channel's television series IN-PURSUIT.