Please Note: This beautiful creature was released unharmed, as 99.9% of my catches are “Catch & Release”.
Location: Ravenna, Ohio (USA)
Lake: West Branch Reservoir
- Muskie is the common name for Muskellunge.
- Muskellunge comes from the Ojibwe word
maashkinoozhe, meaning ugly pike, by way of the French.
- French fur trappers called the fish masgue alongé, elongated mask in English, upon hearing the Ojibwe name.
- The Muskie is the largest member of the pike family. It can grow up to 5 ft (150cm) and weigh as much as 66 lb (30 k).
- Muskellunge live in lakes and rivers in the Great Lakes region of the United States.
- Muskies have sharp teeth and eat anything that fits in their large mouth including crayfish, frogs, snakes, mice and other fish.
- Muskie have teeth in their gills, so this fish should be handled with the utmost amount of care to avoid injuries.
- Muskellunge are fast swimmers and strong fish.
- Muskie love spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and crankbaits. Some fishermen prefer to trolling over casting because typically, the baits used for these fish run a bit larger than your standard “bass fishing” baits.
- One interesting way to fish for these voracious eaters is to troll with an extremely small amount of line off the back of the boat, as Muskie are known to swim directly behind the boat in the “prop-wash”
- Muskie often will follow a bait all the way to the side of the boat, and sometimes even jumping out of the water after the bait if it is just beyond it’s reach.
*Some facts provided by:
Others are from my own personal experience.
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ-28