November 14, 2012

Smile For The Camera!

 Sauger
Identification:
Dorsal region of head and back brown to gray; sides paler, ventral region of head and belly white. Sides and back variously speckled with dusky spots; 4 dark saddles across back, some of which expand horizontally on sides. Eyes silvery in life; a well-developed reflecting layer (tapetum lucidum) causes glowing in dark. Membranes on the spiny dorsal fin with definite horizontal rows of spots, and last few membranes not solid black; second dorsal and caudal fins with dark spots in regular rows; ventral lobe of caudal fin sometimes white edged. Pectoral fins lightly speckled, and with a strong, black blotch at base; pelvic and anal fins clear to lightly speckled. 
 Wisconsin State Record:
5 lbs 13 ounces caught on Lake Wisconsin In Columbia County on November 8, 1988. 
 
This one was caught today at the dam in Gays Mills on a very large jointed rapala.

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