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Posted by Gator
9/10/2019 8:00 PM
Has anyone heard of Walleye being caught lately on Chickamaug? I hear some caught recently near Dayton in 40-50 fow.
Posted by Lx545
9/10/2019 8:24 PM
I caught one below the dam last week that was probably an easy 20-22". I didn't measure him because I wasn't messing with any teeth lol.
Posted by jb366
9/10/2019 8:55 PM
I caught a couple last year down around the nuke plant. They're mean to cranks and hair jigs
Posted by Louisiana
9/10/2019 9:13 PM
I caught one on a crank late spring on the hiwasse
Posted by Tight_Lines
9/11/2019 7:21 AM
I have not caught any recently.. but i have caught 4 or 5 in the past year and a half on everything from spoons, hair jigs, to small crank baits
Posted by churly
9/11/2019 8:32 AM
Yes. Ive caught a couple this summer. next year I am going to dial in on those tasty critters. I caught mine targeting bass on ledges in 20'.
Posted by jaygivens70
9/12/2019 11:09 AM
Does anybody know what happened to the sauger ? After all, they are a fish native to our big rivers. When this fish becomes locally extinct, I'd think that might raise some eyebrows !
Posted by rusty50576
9/12/2019 12:35 PM
jaygivens70 - 9/12/2019 12:09 PM

Does anybody know what happened to the sauger ? After all, they are a fish native to our big rivers. When this fish becomes locally extinct, I'd think that might raise some eyebrows !


Well the construction of the dams put them behind the 8 ball. I still catch them in the holston and french broad rivers but I don't know if they are stocked or not
Posted by M GO BLUE
9/20/2019 6:34 PM
They're here all right
Posted by rsimms
9/21/2019 7:56 AM
jaygivens70 - 9/12/2019 12:09 PM

Does anybody know what happened to the sauger ? After all, they are a fish native to our big rivers. When this fish becomes locally extinct, I'd think that might raise some eyebrows !


The decline of sauger has been a mystery. TWRA had folks at Tenn. Tech do some research on it. Obviously dams and water conditions/flow had some influence on the decline, although sauger were here in good numbers for a long time after dams were built. Researchers never could their finger on a specific cause.

But TWRA began stocking walleye five or six years ago below Watts Bar specifically to try and replace the sauger stock. Walleye are MUCH more tolerant of marginal water conditions as compared to sauger. It has been highly successful. Most walleye are being caught immediately below Watts. Bar but as noted above, as lot of them make their way downstream as well.

Posted by jaygivens70
9/24/2019 12:22 PM
Thanks, Mr. Simms for the info. I remember seeing you on the Tenn. Outdoorsman show several years back. I had a tenn tech report on sauger spawning on Browder Shoals back in the 80's. I know that Diamond Shoals below Pickwick Dam used to be a hot spot. Is there still any successful spawningn in that area ? I don't suppose that there is any natural reproduction in the stocked walleye. I always thought that sauger were more tolerant than walleye, at least in regards to turbidity. It is possible that siltation has finally covered up the sauger spawning areas. I would think that this could be researched, first by using using divers. We should not be losing such an important, self-sustaining fishery.
Posted by rsimms
9/26/2019 5:46 PM
jaygivens70 - 9/24/2019 1:22 PM

Thanks, Mr. Simms for the info. I remember seeing you on the Tenn. Outdoorsman show several years back. I had a tenn tech report on sauger spawning on Browder Shoals back in the 80's. I know that Diamond Shoals below Pickwick Dam used to be a hot spot. Is there still any successful spawningn in that area ? I don't suppose that there is any natural reproduction in the stocked walleye. I always thought that sauger were more tolerant than walleye, at least in regards to turbidity. It is possible that siltation has finally covered up the sauger spawning areas. I would think that this could be researched, first by using using divers. We should not be losing such an important, self-sustaining fishery.


I know they still catch sauger in the Pickwick tailrace but from what I here it has also declined dramatically there as well since years gone by. I'm actually not sure if the walleye are expected to spawn effectively or not?
Posted by tennfisher
9/26/2019 8:10 PM

According to https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/twra/documents/ww_stocking.pdf, the stockings below were placed in Chickamauga this year.  Data current as of August 5th.  I'm happy to see both the striped bass and walleye stockings.

 SPECIES                                NUMBER       DATE

Florida Largemouth Bass        62,334            05/21/2019

Striped Bass                            18,771            07/17/2019

Striped Bass                            49,507            07/23/2019

Striped Bass                            39,022            07/23/2019

Walleye                                    64,168            05/09/2019

Walleye                                   122,802           05/14/2019

Posted by MJonesin
9/26/2019 8:52 PM
I would love to find/catch some if someone would be willing to send me a pm and give me some pointers on where to go. Heard all the hype, and always wanted to catch one. Didn't know they were around though.
Posted by porthos33
9/29/2019 1:59 PM
The walleye bite this year has been off the chains in 2019! I've had 6 this year between 5-10lbs and we had some really good days sauger fishing last year. Both species were in schools when we find them. We found the walleye offshore from 5-25ft and they absolutely love the giant scroungers and swimbaits. The sauger are easiest to target below dams especially in the winter.
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