Would sauger survive in Malone?We don't have many Sauger around me. Wish they would stock some Walleye in Lake Malone rather than the thousands of channel catfish they do.
On the note of the rivers being messed up they are not the only thing brown. Just drove past one of the watershed lakes I fish some during the winter and it is major brown. Only has a small creek that runs thru it and it is out of the banks bigtime. Told the wife if I owned a nearby field I would put a nice waterfowl blind in it, it floods that much.
I don’t know either. I thought sauger needed flowing water but not sure if that’s correct or not. I’ve caught a few on Kentucky while bass fishing but they were near the river channel.I don't know that may be why they have not ever tried them there. Walleye like rocks and gravel and Malone has plenty of them. I don't think the temps would be any issue as some more southern lakes have them. Heck I would settle for Yellow Perch and they do well in lakes up north. I know a few have found their way into Ky lake because the state record was caught there. I remember when they tried to stock Northern Pike in some of the Peabody lakes one year but they never took for some reason. Always thought it would be funny to watch a bass fisherman try and lip one of them things like they do a bass. Bet you could have heard some words you never heard before if they did.
Only Sauger I have caught in Ky was below Barkley dam while fishing for whatever bit. Fished a city park lake in Sullivan Indiana for crappie that had a healthy population of Saugeye but they tended to only reach about 12 inches long and around pound or so. Hit a two inch twister tail just like a Crappie.I don’t know either. I thought sauger needed flowing water but not sure if that’s correct or not. I’ve caught a few on Kentucky while bass fishing but they were near the river channel.
You can put in at the dam at Rochester, just follow the road down past the small overlook park and go right then straight. Guys been putting in small boats there forever. Just make sure you go downstream a bit before heading towards the dam. Large rock shelf between the launch spot and main river. Also last I heard the ramp downstream of the TVA plant was open. Only closed until they cleaned it up from high water muck.Keep the Yankee fish up north.
Sauger like running, dirty water. Green below #5 and further down. Above that water stays too clear and is too small. Enviro-hippies took out #6 so it ain't worth a flip now. Below grl you have walleye and muskie. It ain't very deep below Woodbury till you get to the first big bend. Never had the boat below Rochester on account of them closing the ramp at peabody. Next ramp ds is in Hartford I think and it is on the wrong side of the river for me. Long drive.
Old rock dam in bg and below greencastle.