The Saugeye is a hybrid fish created by crossing a female walleye with a male sauger. Saugeyes can be taken with light spinning and bait casting tackle using spinners, spoons, or live bait like minnows or night crawlers.
HOW TO IDENTIFY A SAUGEYE
These fish are often confused with their parental species but can typically be distinguished by their markings. Saugeyes have dark brown backs with darker saddle shaped markings like that of a sauger, and a white blotch on the lower tip of their tails like that of a walleye. These fish also have a continuous black blotch at the base of the dorsal fin, while saugers only have rows of distinct black spots.
WHERE TO CATCH SAUGEYE
Saugeye occur in the middle portion of the U.S. and are focused along the Mississippi River drainage basin and its surrounding tributaries. They can be found as far north as Michigan and as far south as Mississippi. Although they do occur naturally in the same regions as walleye and saugers, they are often farm raised and released into the wild to supplement other sport fish populations.
Saugeyes are typically more tolerant of warm water than walleyes, and are particularly suited to life in turbid reservoirs. Saugeyes often run upriver in winter and spring, congregating in slow moving waters below dams.
The following list includes places where you can catch Saugeye:
CLIFFS AND STEEP SHORE BANKS GRADUAL SHORES
INLETS AND OUTLETS OPEN WATER
POINTS AND BREAK LINES DAMS AND FALLS
SPRING HOLES FRESHWATER LAKES AND PONDS
HOLES INSIDE TURNS AND COVES
PIERS, DOCKS AND PILINGS ROCKS
SHORELINE SHALLOWS SUNKEN OBJECTS
HOW TO CATCH SAUGEYE
Like their parent species, Saugeyes can be taken with light spinning and bait casting tackle using spinners, spoons, or live bait like minnows or night crawlers. These fish can often be caught at night and are considered to be excellent table fare.
The following are fishing methods you can use to catch Saugeye:
DRIFT FISHING TROLLING
STILL FISHING FLY FISHING
BAIT CASTING SPIN CASTING
SAUGEYE LURES, TACKLE & BAIT
The following are fishing lures, tackle or bait you can use to catch Saugeye: