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A North American freshwater food and game fish (Sander canadensis), resembling the walleye but having a slender body and a spotted dorsal fin.

[Origin unknown.]
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(Animals) a small North American pikeperch, Stizostedion canadense, with a spotted dorsal fin: valued as a food and game fish
[C19: of unknown origin]
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(ˈsɔ gər)

a freshwater, North American pikeperch, Stizostedion canadense.
[1880–85, Amer.; orig. uncertain]
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"During the 2018 tournament season, I plan to pull it on three-way rigs along the faces of wing dams on the Mississippi River, slow-troll it on the edges and tops of flats on lakes like Mille Lacs, and vertical jig it on the Illinois River for monster saugers and walleyes," he says.
Seasonal movements, habitat use, aggregation, exploitation, and entrainment of saugers in the lower Yellowstone River: an empirical assessment of factors affecting population recovery.
Saugers prefer rivers, low channel slope, low stream velocity, and deep water whereas walleyes prefer lakes.
During a recent fisheries survey, workers netted 25 walleyes and more than 170 saugers in a single lift; the fish stuck from the net "like quills from a porcupine." Mayflies flew so thick one summer night that state road crews plowed a foot-deep layer of insect bodies from river bridges.
Pike, chain pickerel, walleyes, and saugers can be grabbed just behind the head.
Factors associated with mortality of walleyes and saugers caught in live-release tournaments.
Back-crossing of saugeyes with saugers or walleyes in larger waterways could lead to loss of genetic identity in parental stocks.
Schools of walleyes and saugers congregate in a 3-mile section below the Red Wing dam, offering winter-weary walleye anglers their first taste of open-water paradise.
I boated a pair of walleyes over 27 inches plus numerous others over 20, and collectively we nabbed a number of bonus species including jumbo saugers, crappies, northern pike, and white bass."