AR: Frierson produces another record saugeye

LORADO – Robert Kern of Paragould caught a 6-pound, 4-ounce
saugeye Oct. 12, 2003, from Lake Frierson at Lake Frierson State
Park on the Greene-Craighead county line.

Usually, state records are broken by a few ounces, sometimes a
pound or two for larger species. But Chris Owen of Alicia, barely
in Lawrence County, tacked on 2 pounds, 7 ounces to Kern’s mark
with a 9-pounder he wrestled from Frierson Jan. 30.

Owen was using a Cotton Cordell crankbait. Zack Yancey, an Arkansas
Game and Fish Commission natural resources program technician,
identified the fish as a saugeye. The weight was verified by scales
at the Jonesboro Post Office. Justin Huss, superintendent at Lake
Frierson State Park, assisted with photographs and application
forms.

The AGFC, which owns Lake Frierson, stocks it with saugeye because
history has shown the lake is too muddy to produce largemouth bass
on a regular basis.

“Several years ago we found out that Oklahoma had good success with
stocking saugeye into their turbid lakes so we thought to give it a
try,” said Sam Henry, an AGFC fisheries biologist based in
Jonesboro. “We decided to try to turn the lake into a fishery that
featured saugeye as the principle predator. It seems to be
working.”

A saugeye is a hybrid produced in fish hatcheries with a female
walleye and a male sauger. A 9-pounder is large, although the world
record, caught in Montana, stands at 15 pounds, 10 ounces.

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