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Evergreen Saugeye
Posted: 30 May 2015 08:37 PM   [ Ignore ]
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The other day I went fishing in Evergreen for pan fish. I accidentally caught 2 saugeye to small to keep but had never caught them before. I tried that tactic again the next day and caught nothing so I am sure it was pure luck. So my question: Never actually fished for these guys before any suggestions on how to catch them? I have done some research on the internet but there were so many different topics it was overwhelming. Any suggestions on how to find them, what lure, anything really… new territory for me.
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Posted: 01 June 2015 10:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Outdoors, Wish i could help ya on this one but i rarely catch any sauger…..How was your mushroom season????

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Posted: 02 June 2015 09:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Shrooming was super slow, had 2 meals which were the best all year… trout, wild asparagus, and mushroom. I think it was to dry and then by the time we got the rain it was to late. I found one dried one that was bigger than a soda can, about as wide but almost 2 times taller, it was a giant… oh well it was cool to look at.

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Posted: 02 June 2015 10:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Outdoors, Same problem here. We found around 4 pounds total but walked our butts in the ground for them:)You try using minnows for your sauger fishing??

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Posted: 02 June 2015 10:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Tried minnows and night crawlers… the day I caught the 2 it was on a jig, after that nothing.

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Posted: 05 June 2015 08:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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i fished evergreen once a couple years ago in june or july with a buddy who fished the lake a lot for saugeyes
we put in at the west ramp and went west and north across the lake to “big flats”
he ran the troller and vertical jigged while me and another buddy dragged light jigs out the sides and back w/ half crawler or leech
caught a couple dozen with 8 or 9 keepers over 15 inches. i think the limit is 18 inches now
fished mostly 8 to 12 feet deep and picked up a few when we dropped off the point on the sw corner of the flat
my buddy got transferred out of state and i never went back due to the 10 hp limit and its a couple hours away for me
found this map http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/242
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Posted: 05 June 2015 08:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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The old man and I beat up the saugeye out there pretty good the last few times we been. None of them keepers but fun to catch. I’ve found that a chartruse jig as small as you can resonably get while still being able to maintain good bottom contact does a good number on them when tipped with a minnow or gulp minnow. They strike aggressively but if you’re not keeping tension on the line when the jig drops you may not even know they bit. The only way I can describe it is instead of “popping” a jig like you would fishing for crappie or bass you’re actually going to be lifting the jig just off bottom and setting it back down. Keeping tension on the line at all times. You should be able to feel the jig hit the bottom when it lands.

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Posted: 05 June 2015 09:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thanks!

Turkhunter… sorry to hear you haven’t been back to Evergreen, it is one of my favorite lakes to fish.

gbricka84, thanks for the info, I will keep trying

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