Post By: Mattastrophy Posted: 3/12/2018 12:35:57 PMPoints: 1159
My buddy and I went fishing on the South Platte River in Englewood and caught a first for each of us. I caught my first Smallmouth Bass at 15 inches and he caught what we think is a saugeye at 16 inches. I know there are walleye in the river according to what this site says. Can anyone confirm from the photo exactly what this fish is?
Reply by: brookieflyfisher Posted: 3/14/2018 8:55:48 AM Points: 6121
Second picture indicates saugeye to me. Definitely not a sauger. Saugers have clear polka-dots on the dorsal. Pure walleye have no patterning at all. This fish has some dorsal patterning and a smaller-than-average posterior black spot on the dorsal.
Either the CPW has thrown a few saugeye in the river or nearby ponds, or this is a bear creek escapee that made its way upriver. Neither scenario is that implausible, especially since the springtime spawning urge can see walleye, saugeye, and sauger migrate great distances upriver to find preferable spawning habitat.