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Sauger
Sander canadense
Identifying Characteristics

Large, silvery eye
Large sharp teeth and anterior dorsal fin with spines
Dark, mottled coloration often present on sides
Black spots on dorsal fin
Distinguished from walleye by black spots on dorsal fin and wider head
DisDistinguished from walleye by lack of white tip on tail
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Other Information
The sauger's native range is southern Canada east to New England, south to Arkansas and Tennessee, and west to Montana and Wyoming. In Wyoming, it is found in the Wind-Bighorn drainage, Clear Creek in Sheridan County, and the Tongue River. Sauger were native to the North Platte drainage but have apparently disappeared from the stream. Preferred habitat includes larger streams and associated reservoirs. Young sauger feed on aquatic insects and crustaceans while large sauger primarily eat fish. Spawning takes place in the spring when water temperatures reach forty- three degrees Fahrenheit. Eggs are deposited randomly and are left unattended to hatch.

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Angling Tips
The best sauger fishing is in the spring and early summer and then again in the fall. Preferred baits are night crawlers, minnows, and jigs.

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