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These two warm water fish are in the same species but are very much different. The walleye grows much larger than the sauger. The walleye has a white patch on the bottom of its tail. The sauger can look a lot like a walleye but they have no white patch on the tail.

Sauger also have distinctive rows of spots on the dorsal fin. There is an inter-species cross called a saugeye that confuses many anglers because the mixture of defining characteristics. The Wisconsin state record for sauger is 6.7 pounds and 23.25 inches. Wisconsin state record walleye is 18 pounds even. May 3 is the opener for general inland waters fishing in Wisconsin.

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Len Harris blogs from the "Heart" of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Len's passion is small stream trout fishing with every legal means possible. When trout season is closed he writes and takes photos. He even dabbles in a little cooking. Read more of Lenís writing on his blog at http://lenharris.blogspot.com/.

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