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Sauger Records State & World Records

Sauger are one of the most fun freshwater species to fish for. Below you will learn what makes a trophy sauger and the state and world records.

World Record Sauger

The biggest sauger ever caught weighted 8 lbs 12 oz. This world record was caught on Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota by Mike Fischer on October 6, 1971.

Sauger Records by State

Alabama5 lbs 2 ozWilson Dam tailwaterWilliam F. Huntley3/5/1972
Arkansas6 lbs 12 ozArkansas RiverClaude Eubanks12/15/1976
Colorado3.38 lbsHorseshoe ReservoirJeff Riddle7/3/1905
Georgia4 lb 3 ozClarks Hill ReservoirStuart Bowers4/1/1986
Illinois5 lbs 12.5 ozMississippi RiverBill Rolando7/30/1967
Indiana6 lb 1 ozTippecanoe RiverMark Bigger6/5/1905
Iowa6 lbs 8 ozMissouri RiverMrs. W. Buser10/1/1976
Kansas4.80 lbsMelvern ReservoirJimmy Barnes11/29/1996
Kentucky7 lbs 7 ozs.Lake Cumberland TailwatersRastie Andrew4/28/1983
Louisiana1.66 lbsMississippi RiverKyle Allgood6/21/1905
Michigan6.56 lbsTorch LakeGary Frederick5/29/1905
Minnesota6 lbs 2.75 ozMississippi RiverDon Kizer5/23/1988
Mississippi2.52 lbsMississippi RiverPete Mauceli8/5/1992
Missouri5 lbs 1 ozOsage RiverJohn Hennessy1/23/1994
Montana8 lbs 12.8 ozFort Peck ReservoirGene Moore12/12/1994
Nebraska8 lbs 5 ozMissouri RiverBetty Tepner10/22/1961
New York4 lb 8 ozLower Niagara RiverDarrin Schwenkbeck9/30/1990
North Carolina5 lbs 15 ozNorman LakeDavid Shook7/25/1971
North Dakota8 lbs 12 ozLake SakakaweaMike Fischer10/6/1971
Ohio7.31 lbsMaumee RiverBryan Wicks3/10/1981
Oklahoma5 lbs 5 ozRobert S. KerrChet Munds1/18/1981
Pennsylvania4 lbSusquehanna RiverTim Waltz6/23/1905
South Carolina4 lbs 7 ozLake ThurmondBroadus Moody6/7/1905
South Dakota7 lbs 7 ozOahe TailwatersHarvey Holzworth5/3/1960
Vermont3 lbs 2.5 ozLake ChamplainDavid Paya2/3/1980
Virginia5 lbs 8 ozSouth Holston LakeR. Stallard7/2/1972
Virginia3 lbsClinch RiverRonald C. Davis4/24/2010
West Virginia4.75 lbsOhio RiverSteve Powell6/7/1905
Wisconsin6 lbs 6.7 ozMississippi River3/19/2009
Wyoming7 lbsBoysen ReservoirTom Durst1/7/2007
States not listed don’t have a sauger record on the books.

What state has the largest sauger?

North Dakota is the state with the largest sauger caught in the United States. It weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was caught on Lake Sakakawea by Mike Fischer on October 6, 1971.

What is the average size sauger?

The average size sauger seen in the wild are 12 – 15 inches long and weight 1 – 2 lbs. This is much smaller than the world record of 8 lbs 12 oz.

What size sauger is considered a trophy?

Sauger start to be considered trophy size at 18 inches long.