Ohio Game Fishing banner
1 - 20 of 21 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
385 Posts
Is anyone catching saugeye at Hoover this year? I've caught tons of blue cats and crappie, but can't find the saugeye to save my life.
Saugeye are not bothered by warm water. And they will get the flooded brush just like the bass. So, they can be shallow or deep. They will follow the food. I do best fishing early and again late afternoon until dark. I let my electronics tell me where fish are and adjust my presentation to their location. This eye came from 11 ft of water near a drop into deeper water.It hit a trolled # 7 Rapala Shad Rap. The bass came from the same kind of spot. Fishing was real good for about two hours and then they shut down.
 

Attachments

· Registered
Joined
·
4,168 Posts
Yes Saugeye bite all summer has been fire. Midday to evening has been my fun time. But also know hitting early morning. Same as always said. Get on the points flats humps and eyes will be in 3 to 10 foot water on a bright sunny day with little wind. They don't care if super hot out if bait is there they will be.
Jjg an crawler crankbaits cast and spoons will get the job done. These were from alittle over a week ago on a drop edge top of it was 3 to 6 foot deep.
Smile Fish Baseball cap Animal product Fish products
Smile Fish Baseball cap Animal product Fish products
 

· Registered
Joined
·
7,451 Posts
Yes Saugeye bite all summer has been fire. Midday to evening has been my fun time. But also know hitting early morning. Same as always said. Get on the points flats humps and eyes will be in 3 to 10 foot water on a bright sunny day with little wind. They don't care if super hot out if bait is there they will be.
Jjg an crawler crankbaits cast and spoons will get the job done. These were from alittle over a week ago on a drop edge top of it was 3 to 6 foot deep.
View attachment 492963 View attachment 492963
These are Hoover saugeye?..nice stringer.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
148 Posts
I was out the other nite an had one get off at the boat ive been trying every thing from flicker shad to 3 way rig. Iv been fishing south pool. Anybodys help or suggestions would be great. I caught a tone of small crappie but only one saugeye.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
499 Posts
I was out the other nite an had one get off at the boat ive been trying every thing from flicker shad to 3 way rig. Iv been fishing south pool. Anybodys help or suggestions would be great. I caught a tone of small crappie but only one saugeye.
Not that this is 100% true, but if your catching crappie id go shallower or closer to bottom. 6-12 fow for active eyes, right on the bottom.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
816 Posts
I was out the other nite an had one get off at the boat ive been trying every thing from flicker shad to 3 way rig. Iv been fishing south pool. Anybodys help or suggestions would be great. I caught a tone of small crappie but only one saugeye.
Go up to the north end. It is peaceful and pretty. If they are not biting you just don't care. :cool:
 

· Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
i finally got a couple. a 15 1/2 and a 20. thick and healthy......tasty too. first on shad rap, second on rattling rapala. i mostly troll cranks. i cant figure the crawler thing out. i tried a little shallower and slower to finally get a couple eyes. still getting crappie, but some bigguns 13-14 inch! and at least one blue cat every trip 🤷‍♂️. and they almost swallow the baits! eating machines. not one channel all year or white bass? used to always get a few whiteys.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
19 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
I've been picking up a few eyes here and there. 1-2 per trip the last few weeks. I've been getting a mix of small fish and 19-20"ers. Primarily trolling spinner rigs with small plastics or minnows 1.5mph. Fishing mostly the middle pool, but covering lots of water.

I'm still doing a lot of casting and jigging at all depths and not having much luck. I'm catching a lot of jumbo crappie. 2 15"ers this week. Also lots of channel cats, a few blues and flatheads.

For bigger blues, I fish different areas and troll slightly bigger baits. I caught a ton of blues in the 12-20lb range this spring at Hoover, but did my saugeye fishing at alum. Once the lake traffic got heavy at alum is when I started for eyes at Hoover. I haven't fished much after dark yet. I might do a few night trips.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
148 Posts
Well I made it out to hoover caught a mix bag all smaller fish. Crappie Chanel cat an bass all small still no saugeye tried trolling flicker shad number 5 an number 7 middle pool crappie seem be bout 14 foot water still an on the bottom.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
2,326 Posts
Well I made it out to hoover caught a mix bag all smaller fish. Crappie Chanel cat an bass all small still no saugeye tried trolling flicker shad number 5 an number 7 middle pool crappie seem be bout 14 foot water still an on the bottom.
What depths are you targeting saugeye at while trolling flicker shads? Imo bottom contact is key, and if your in 14 fow #5’s are nowhere near the bottom. Number 7 flicker shads will get there but your gonna have more than 100’ of line out. Normally I target 10 fow or less when trolling #5’s and 7’s to keep bottom contact.
 
1 - 20 of 21 Posts
Top