The sauger is a member of the freshwater perch family. It is closely related to the walleye pike in both taste and appearance. They live in the eastern half of the United States in shallow lakes and large rivers. It is most popular in the Mississippi river valley and the great lakes region. The sauger is a small fish averaging less than 1 pound and from 12 to 14 inches in length. It has a brownish back with a white belly with 4 dark vertical bars on its side. In different areas it has many varied names which include gray pike, pike perch, pickerel, pickering, rattlesnake pike, sand pike and jack salmon.


The sauger has a flakey flesh that is mild in flavor and low in fat. The best ways to cook it is to deep fry, oven fry, bake or broil. Click on one of the links for easy ways to cook .         Deep fry,
Oven fry,
Pan fry

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