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Lexington angler Clay Smith hooks state-record saugeye on Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam

Lexington angler Clay Smith was trolling a pink and white Berkley Flicker Shad crankbait for trout on the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam when a fish struck. “I hooked it and thought it was an extremely large trout or a walleye,” Smith said. “When I got it in the boat, I truly thought it was a walleye. My fishing buddy thought it was a sauger.” It turns out it was both. Smith’s 8-pound,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Saugeye stocked in five central Kentucky lakes; new fishery blossoms

It’s a walleye, a sauger, no, a saugeye. This hybrid member of the perch family (Percidae), is a cross between female walleye (Sander vitreus), and a male sauger (Sander canadensis). It’s a new fishery that has quietly blossomed, since five Central Kentucky lakes were stocked, beginning in 2013. In the wild, in lakes and rivers with naturally reproducing populations of both walleye and sauger,...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: If it’s deer season, it must be time to … fish state’s small lakes

  By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   This is one in a series of articles titled “Fall Fishing Festival” profiling the productive fishing on Kentucky’s lakes, rivers and streams in fall.   Many anglers think the first cool winds of early fall spur largemouth bass to move from their deep summer haunts and shove their noses practically on the bank.   They fish too shallow...