Sander canadensis) is a freshwater perciform fish of the family Percidae which resembles its close relative the walleye. Saugers, however, are usually smaller and will tolerate waters of higher turbidity than will the walleye. In many parts of their range, saugers are sympatric with walleyes. They may be distinguished from walleyes by the distinctly spotted dorsal fin, by the lack of a white splotch on the caudal fin, by the rough skin over their gill, and by their generally more brassy color, or darker (almost black) color in some regions. The average sauger in an angler's creel is 300 to 400 g (0.75 to 1 lbs) in weight but the world record was 8.1 kg (17 lbs, 12 ounces.) Saugers are more typical of rivers whereas walleyes are more common in lakes and reservoirs. The sauger is highly prized as a food fish.<br />
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Hybridization between saugers and walleyes is not unknown; the hybrids, referred to as saugeyes, exhibit traits of both species. Being intermediate in appearance between the two species, saugeyes are sometimes difficult to differentiate, but they generally carry the dark blotches characteristic of the sauger.


Missouri River System | 4/13/17

Thought I'd give it a shot for an hour and a half while I waited for the old lady to get off work. Picked up this guy and lost two others. Will give it a shot again at sunrise, I was fishing from the shore on the Mandan side close to the expressway bridge. Minnows and white glow jig heads

Devils Lake (Overview) | 6/27/16

Went out to Devils Lake last Thursday. Deep blue skies and a bit on the windy side.

Rented a boat from Sprirt Lake Casino.

Fishing the shallow inlets yielded two pike. One 21" on a spoon and a 31" on a Rapala.

Then fished the bridge channels using bottom bouncers and leeches leading to 2 walleye and a sauger. 

Couldn't get anything going fishing a ton of submerged structures. It was crazy.

Overall a slow day but better than being in at the office!

Cannonball River - Sunday, June 7, 2015

 considering we were only at the rush river low water crossing 30 min we made out like bandits, 2 sauger (second one might have been a saugeye) both around 13 inches, 3 cats (1 small one and 2 19 inchers), and one goldeye. first sauger came on a green jig and the rest on crawlers and slip sinkers. heavy thunder and lightning. 

Tobacco Gardens / White Earth Bay Area - Monday, February 2, 2015

Been fishing White Earth Bay quite a bit the last couple weeks. We seem to max out at about 2 walleyes a night. We started out fishing 22' to 28' then moved out to 32+. We  had our best luck in 33' on red hooks/minnows and perch pattern jigs. All our bites came from 4p-6p.

We just hit Tobacco Gardens on Saturday, fished in 27' and caught walleyes/sauger from 10a-noon and again at about 4p. Best day of fishing we've had on the big lake. We switched up bait all day and couldn't pinpoint a favored presentation.


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