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MUSKELLUNGE, MUSKIE

The Muskellunge or Muskie is a freshwater food and game fish, the largest member of the pike family. Muskies are found in lakes and rivers of the northern U.S. and Canada.

Muskies have an elongated body, with scales only on the upper part of the cheeks and gill covers, which in addition to their larger size distinguishes them from northern pikes and pickerels.  They average about 20 pounds, but can attain weights of up to 80 lbs or more, and lengths up to 8 feet.  They have firm, lean flesh with a low fat content.

A strictly carnivorous fish, Muskies have sharp teeth in the lower jaw, with smaller backward curved teeth in the upper jaw.  They feed on other fish, ducklings, young muskrats, etc.

The Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy masquinongy) was designated as the Official Fish of Wisconsin in 1955.

The largest muskellunge ('Muskie') caught with rod and reel weighed over 67 pounds and was caught in Hayward, Wisconsin on July 24, 1949.
 

 

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