Ohio may try to restore the Sauger to Lake Erie

PORT CLINTON, Ohio — Ohio’s wildlife agency is looking into bringing back a sport fish that disappeared from Lake Erie several decades ago.

The state’s natural resources department wants to find out if it would possible to restore the sauger to the lake and rivers in northern Ohio.

Sauger disappeared from northern Ohio in the 1950s because of overfishing and habitat loss. It’s often compared with the walleye.

Ohio’s fish management administrator for Lake Erie says DNA will be a key in determining whether they can bring back the sauger.

He tells the Port Clinton News-Herald, that fish with similar genetics would have a better chance of adapting and surviving in Lake Erie.

The state is considering testing sauger from Lake Ontario, the Ohio River and a lake in Minnesota.