Local Fish Species and LOW Map

Local Species

Walleye (Percidae Family):
Walleyes are the most sought after fish in Minnesota. Its thick, white fillets, handsome shape and coloring, and elusive nature make it the ultimate prize among anglers.

Body patterning, color, and scales: Back and sides brown, olive, or goldish-yellow with faint to moderately dark mottling and irregular blotches; belly cream or white.

Typical Size: 15-24″
Maximum Size: Roughly 32″

Sauger (Percidae Family):
Often times called a “sand-pike,” many people confuse Saugers for Walleyes.  You can tell the difference by looking at the top fin.  A sauger’s top fin has small black dots on it.

Typical Size: 12-18″
Maximum Size: Roughly 24″

Northern Pike (Esocidae Family):
Big or small they are one of Minnesota’s most fun fish to catch.  You’ll find this voracious predator in nearly every lake and stream in Minnesota.  It is one of the easiest fish to catch because of its willingness to bite lures or bait!

Body patterning, color, and scales: Yellow-green, light olive, or cream oval spots on a darker olive or green background, in a reticulated or chain-like pattern. Belly cream or white.

Typical Size: 20-36″
Maximum Size: Roughly 50″

Sturgeon (Acipenseridae Family):
These prehistoric fish are making a huge comeback in the Rainy River! The lake Sturgeon is a long-lived, slow-growing, late-maturing fish species.

Body Pattern: Dark brown to black mottled color on back and flanks with white undersides. No scales. Sturgeons have a fairly distinctive body shape with scutes and an inferior mouth.

Typical Size: 25-60″
Maximum Size: Roughly 78″

Yellow Perch (Percidae Family):
Yellow Perch are good to eat and unlike their cousin, the Walleye, they eagerly bite. The trick is finding Perch large enough to fillet.

Body patterning, color, and scales: Back brown or greenish, sides olive or yellow with 6-8 thick dark vertical bars, belly cream or white.

Typical Size: 6-12″
Maximum Size: Roughly 17″

Burbot or Eel Pout (Lotidae Family):

Also known as “Poor Man’s Lobster,” burbot can be found in most Minnesota northern lakes and rivers. They are good indicators of a healthy watershed. Typically they require water temps lower than 70 degrees during the summer and are a rare catch, but come winter-time, these predators come alive and are most active! Burbot can be handled by placing a firm grip just behind the head. Their teeth are much like largemouth bass, like rough sandpaper. Don’t be shocked when our eel-like looking friend, uniquely and harmlessly, wraps its body around your forearm.  It’s just their way of greeting you.

Body patterning, color, and scales: Solid brown, yellow, or black or darkly mottled with irregular blotches; cream or yellow on belly.
Typical Size: 12-24″
Maximum Size: Roughly 32″


Minnesota Department of Natural Resources www.dnr.state.mn.us
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