The muskellunge, also known as muskelunge, muscallonge, milliganong, or maskinonge, is a species of large, relatively uncommon freshwater fish native to North America. The muskellunge is the largest member of the pike family, Esocidae. Wikipedia
The muskellunge has the typical body of an ambush predator, with a long, thin body and a mouth full of vicious teeth. Muskie can be brown, silver and green with either spots or strips or a mixture of both. Muskies will always have a white underside. The main difference between male and female muskie is the size, female muskies will grow much larger than males.
Muskies can be found in the northern park of the United States and into Canada. Muskies live in rivers and lakes and prefer shallow water. Because they are an ambush predator they often hold tight to thick weeds. Muskies can also be found deep in rivers where we use a different technique to target them.
Muskies are considered a trophy fish and anglers from all over the world come to Canada and the US to fish for these giant fish. With a trophy fish like this, muskie anglers will practice 100% catch and release on any size fish. Instead of having a muskie mounted people will often take many pictures and measurements and get a replica made. The gear used for these elusive giant predatory fishing is with, heavy duty set ups and big lures such as crank baits, swim baits, spinner baits, top water baits and live bait.
Lake St. clair muskies
Lake St. Clair is home to the spotted great lakes strain muskie. Lake St. Clair also holds natural tiger muskies which is a natural hybrid between a Northern Pike and a true Muskie, these hybrids can grow 1.5 times faster than true muskie and are sterile fish. Lake St. Clair is said to have one of the highest populations of muskie per acre and has such a great population of forage it holds some true giants. The forage on Lake St. Clair is suckers, juvenile catfish, sheep head, bass, small carp and shad.
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Season - Zone 19 MNR
Muskie is open on Lake St. Clair from the first Saturday in June until December 15th.
Link to MNR Zone 19 Regulations - http://files.ontario.ca/environment-and energy/fishing/2015%20English%20Fishing%20Regs%20Zone_19.pdf
- Muskies are often confused with northern pike.
- Full grown muskies usually have no other predators to worry about.
- Muskies are ambush predators.
- Muskies diets can consist of crayfish, frogs, ducklings, snakes, muskrats, mice, other small mammals, and small birds.
- They will take prey unto 30% of their own length.
- Muskies sometimes form small schools.