RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — A first-ever Virginia state record saugeye has been caught. The fish weighed six pounds and measured 26 1/4 inches long with a girth of 14 inches.
The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) reports the fish was caught in the Staunton River by Michael Miller of Nathalie, Virginia. He was using a crankbait on spinning gear when he caught the record saugeye.
Saugeye are a hybrid cross between a sauger and a walleye. Both fish are native to Virginia and can occur naturally, though most saugeye originate from selective pairings in hatcheries. Saugeye display behavior of both species, though they tolerate warmer and more turbid water than do walleye. Sauger, walleye, and saugeye are all prized as table fare.
This is the first certified record saugeye since the species was added to the VDWR state record and trophy fish programs in 2020.
Saugeye can be caught in the Staunton and Appomattox Rivers, as well as in Lake Chesdin, Lake Anna, Lake Brittle, Lake Orange, and Little Creek Reservoir.