Please add Saugeye, Stizostedion vitreum x S. canadense

Common Name: 
Saugeye
Scientific Name: 
Stizostedion vitreum x S. canadense
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Comments: 
Saugeye: Walleye/Sauger Hybrid MN State Record 9 lbs 13.4 oz 27 inches caught on the Mississippi River 3/20/1999

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Corey's picture

Hybrids are not species. A saugeye can count as a walleye or a sauger, but since it is not a seperate species, it won't be added. If we added every possible hybrid, there would be too many of them to list.

FishingPals4Life's picture

No problem, I was thinking like Splake and such, I seen tiger muskies weren't either, but I understand.  I had it in my book because MN has it for a state record.  Thanks for checking into it and for the really great site!!  So much great info here, very interesting and helpful, the site is laid out nicely too!  Thanks again.  8)

Corey's picture

Some fish hybrids can be identified, but others can't. If we add saugeye or tiger muskie or sunshine bass to the list, then we have to add the bluegill/pumpkinseed hybrid, and the green sunfish/pumpkinseed hybrid, The green sunfish/bluegill hybrid will follow, and then the white sucker/northern hogsucker hybrid and the longear sunfish/pumpkinseed. And, of course, the bluegill/green sunfish/pumpkinseed triple hybrid. Then, we'd have to start in on the redhorse hybrids. The golden/black redhorse hybrid, the shorthead/river hybrid, and the ever-popular silver-golden hybrid. And, god help us, the buffalo hybrids. And so on ... there are hundreds of hybrid combinations swimming around out there. Unfortunately, we're not smart enough to figure out what every hybrid fish is, so we just call it how we see it, to the closest real, live species.

 

That doesn't mean that the hybrids aren't cool. They are super-cool, and a great angling achievement. We added a website feature called "strains, subspecies, and hybrids" so you can add a hybrid fish to your lifelist, as an extra photo below one of the species of the fish. So you can go to the sauger or walleye (or both) and add your saugeye photo as an extra photo to your lifelist entry to document the fact that you caught the elusive saugeye.

 

 

FishingPals4Life's picture

I totally understand and thanks again for the great site, hope you guys are doing the species contest again this year that sounds like a really great time!!  The species book is for my son, we are trying to catch all 65 species there is a state record for in MN, some look like they will be nearly impossible LOL, but I love a good challenge.  This life list you guys set up looks actually much more interesting, opens up the planet for species that sadly we may never see again in MN.  I registered my son here he's 9 and will be 10 in July, I may put one on here for myself too, but I've been driving him all over the state looking for different crazy fish, I used to fish the pro walleye circuit with my dad years ago, did some guiding mostly walleye and musky, now it's more fun just to take the kids fishing, screw around, and have a few beers with some buds!!  Thanks again for the great site, I really enjoy it and so does my son!  Excellent info here I've already recommended it to several of my buddies too!

Corey's picture

Keep at it man, your son sure has a good thing going!

Corey's picture

Not for the white/hog hybrid, though. That one I saw myself in the Zumbro, caught by my friend Nikki. Basically a strange-shaped white sucker with a black ring around the mouth.Looked pretty conclusive to me, but I could obviously be wrong.

FishingPals4Life's picture

Thanks man, will do!  Hopefully we'll get a chance to hit the water with some of you guys in the future!!  We went out up here (we're from Ottertail, MN) north of us towards Park Rapids/Sebeka area the rivers are super high right now and very cold and dirty.  Not so much as a bite and the current is brutal, I should have ventured south instead of north, either way didn't want to waste the first warm day (75) of the year!!  That's why they call it fishing instead of catching, right?  LOL  Good fishing!!!