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> Sauger / saugeye?, What is it?
mmorris
Posted: Jun 09, 2019 - 02:13 pm


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Just got back from a few days on the lower French. Tough bite overall and high cold water. Got one nice 24Ē eye and also this little guy which I thought may have been a sauger or saugeye . Can anyone help identify?

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Posted: Jun 09, 2019 - 03:04 pm


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Sauger..

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Posted: Jun 09, 2019 - 05:18 pm


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QUOTE (fishmagnet @ Jun 09, 2019 - 03:04 pm)
Sauger..

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Andy14
Posted: Jun 09, 2019 - 06:00 pm


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That my friend is a walleye. 100%.
Look at the tail bottom.

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Posted: Jun 09, 2019 - 06:15 pm


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Sauger have black spotted dorsal fin. The walleye donít and the last two spines on the dorsal are black. Since this is a juvenile, itís a little hard to tell but per the picture I would say this is a walleye. No spots and the back end of the dorsal looks black.
The walleye tail fin will also have a bottom white tip, the sauger wonít.

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Posted: Jun 09, 2019 - 06:45 pm


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Have to agree with FishBait.
One of the key distinquishing features between the two, if you're fortunate enough to see them side by side, is the black spot between the last two or three dorsal spines. Walleye have it, saugers don't. The white tip on the lower part of the tail fin is another prominent walleye feature...generally more distinctive in mature fish. Also not clearly evident from the photo, but walleye usually have smooth gill plates, sauger have rougher sandpaper like gill plates.
I'd guess a young juvenile walleye as well.

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Posted: Jun 09, 2019 - 08:48 pm


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Agree with @FishBait?...
I said it was a Walleye.
I guess he can have this one.

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Posted: Jun 10, 2019 - 12:55 pm


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I know there's just about everything occasionally in Nip but Never heard of Sauger being one although a possibility.

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mmorris
Posted: Jun 10, 2019 - 05:33 pm


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Thanks guys. Iíd rather it be a sauger to cross another species off the list, but I think itís safe to say itís a walleye. The white tipped fins and black skin between the last two spines of the dorsal are pretty clear to me now.

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