Photo © Sam Stukel


Sauger inhabit large streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs throughout the state. They are well adept to deep or turbid water and feed primarily on fishes, insects and crustaceans.

Sauger have a slender, torpedo shaped body with a large mouth filled with sharp teeth. Saddlelike markings can be found on the body and rows of dark spots on the first dorsal fin.

Daily Limit:

4 with only one over 20 inches of any combination of sauger, saugeye and/or walleye.

Several lakes have specific sauger, saugeye and walleye length regulations, please see your South Dakota Fishing Handbook for more information.

Possession Limit:


Proud Angler Qualifications:

4 pounds

22 inches (released fish only)