Walleye and sauger are both members of the perch family and are similar in appearance, but there are some differences between them. Here are a few:
Below are the main Differences between Walleye and a Sauger
- Size: Walleye are generally larger than sauger. Walleye can grow up to 30 inches long and weigh over 20 pounds, while sauger usually reach a maximum size of around 17 inches and weigh up to 4 pounds.
- Coloration: Walleye have a mottled olive-green or gold-brown coloration with a white belly. They have distinct dark spots on their dorsal fin and sides. Sauger have a similar coloration but have distinct black spots on their dorsal fin that are lacking on walleye.
- Habitat: Walleye prefer clear water and are typically found in large lakes and rivers with sandy or rocky bottoms. Sauger, on the other hand, are more commonly found in smaller rivers with a muddy bottom.
- Distribution: Walleye are found throughout much of North America, including Canada and the northern United States. Sauger are found in more restricted range and are generally limited to the Mississippi River basin, Great Lakes, and surrounding areas.
- Spawning: Walleye spawn in the spring when water temperatures are between 42-48°F. Sauger, on the other hand, spawn at slightly colder temperatures of 38-45°F.
Overall, while walleye and sauger are similar in appearance, they have distinct differences in size, coloration, habitat, distribution, and spawning patterns.