The Muskellunge also know as “muskie” or “musky” is a species of large, relatively uncommon freshwater fish of North America. The muskellunge is the largest member of the pike family. Muskies prey upon anything that fits in there mouth! Most of the diet consist of fish but it also includes crayfish, frogs, ducklings, snakes, muskrats,mice,other small mammals, and small birds. The mouth is large with many long needle like teeth. Muskies will attempt to take their prey head-first, sometimes in a single gulp. They will take prey items that are up to 30% their length. In spring, they tend to prefer smaller baits since their metabolism is slower, while large baits are preferred in fall as preparation for water.

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Anglers seek large muskies as trophies or for the sport. The fish attain impressive swimming speeds but are not particularly maneuverable. The highest speed runs are usually short, but they can be quite intense. The muskie can also do head shaking attempts to rid it self off the hooks. A challenging fish to catch, the muskie has been called ” the fish of ten thousand casts.” The average lure is 7.9 to 12 inches long, but longer lures of 14-26 inches are not uncommon in the musky angler’s arsenal. Anglers are strongly encourage to practice catch and release when fishing for musky due to their low population.