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Fish: Saugeye


Post By: Barnacles      Posted: 5/9/2021 8:47:09 PM     Points: 2865    
I ran into a bunch of these today. I assumed they were little walleye, but maybe from the spots on the fin it's a Saugeye? Appreciate anyone's opinion.
 Reply by: ass bass or cash      Posted: 5/9/2021 9:55:20 PM     Points: 2237
My guess is saugeye but they're all so similar. Fun to catch regardless!
 Reply by: dizzel      Posted: 5/9/2021 10:29:27 PM     Points: 24287
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 5/10/2021 6:02:21 AM     Points: 69361
 Reply by: sylvan      Posted: 5/10/2021 7:14:01 AM     Points: 12730
Walleye Saugeye have small dots on the dorsil fins
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 5/10/2021 7:34:58 AM     Points: 2865
Thanks all. I'm leaning walleye too. The thing had some dark spots in the dorsal, but not dark and distinguished like the pic that ABC posted. Hope I can catch a bigger one next time & give it a taste test. B
 Reply by: brookieflyfisher      Posted: 5/10/2021 11:10:44 AM     Points: 6183
I don't know what you guys are looking at, that's a clear saugeye to me.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 5/10/2021 12:02:54 PM     Points: 2865
I'm barely smart enough to know that Brookiefly is one of the smartest people on the planet. He's like my "E F Hutton" of this forum, but probably too young to have seen those commercials. I'll go study some more pictures. I still think it's a standard young walleye, but I'll go do some more homework.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 5/10/2021 12:07:33 PM     Points: 138
I would say walleye. Skin is uniform in color, no blotchy patches
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 5/10/2021 12:21:29 PM     Points: 2865
That's what has me thinking walleye, wingman. Uniform skin, no dark pigment. I could go either way with the spots in the fins and tail.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 5/10/2021 1:18:58 PM     Points: 70587
Let me cast my vote....... Walleye. I wouldn't say where you were fishing publicly but was it a lake that has or has had saugeye?
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 5/10/2021 3:19:11 PM     Points: 22200
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say saugeye. It's hard to notice the camo coloration on this one but it is there slightly. The walleye gene probably is dominating on the pigment. But the fins are the thing that gives it away. I would like to hear our fish expert FS on this one.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 5/10/2021 3:54:19 PM     Points: 9002
the fins have me saying saugeye
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: 5/10/2021 4:37:47 PM     Points: 2865
For Goose, yeah I was exploring some new water that's supposed to have both walleye and saugeye. Never caught a saugeye, and I wondered if I'd be able to tell the difference.
 Reply by: Smelly      Posted: 5/10/2021 5:14:55 PM     Points: 26940
You know. For some strange reason. I can hear FishSeal firing up the ol dozer . But here goes. Looking at the dorsal fin. Those dark areas look more like bars than spots. And there is a dark patch on the dorsal where it meets the back and a white tip on the tail. Looks like walleye to me.
 Reply by: TADA32      Posted: 5/10/2021 5:44:59 PM     Points: 22200
Saugeye will typically have dark bars on the dorsal, or blotchy black spots. They also have the white tip of a walleye. Big reason they get mixed up with a walleye. The darker spots on the tail pectorals are usually the give away. When you kill a saugeye a lot of times the camo colors will pop out as the pigments change.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 5/11/2021 7:52:39 AM     Points: 4938

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