Effective November 17, 2011, the regulation allowing three sauger less than the 14-inch minimum length limit was changed to read: “It is illegal to possess any sauger less than 14 inches in total length.” This change was implemented to reduce harvest of sauger less than 14 inches long. A relative of the walleye, sauger are found in the Tennessee River Basin of Alabama.
Since 2006, sampling by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources fisheries biologists indicates not enough young sauger are growing to a catchable size, which has reduced the number of adult fish available for anglers. The regulation change was implemented to help increase the number of adult sauger available for harvest by anglers.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.