A freshwater giant, the muskellunge or muskie has been caught by many anglers in Canada. Are you ready to catch your muskie? Are you aiming for that photo with a fish as big as you are? For fishing enthusiasts, photos of the fish they catch are among their important photos (like that of their children’s ).
Useful Information about Muskie
First, an angler has to recognize a muskie, which is sometimes mistaken for a northern pike because they both have flat heads. The other characteristics of a muskie are:
- A series of sensory pores underneath the jaw. The muskie has six or more sensory pores while a pike has a maximum of five pores.
- Know its habitat. Typically, a muskie is found in heavily vegetated lakes and rivers. During spawning time, they deposit their eggs in vegetated areas. They also typically stay near the water plants while waiting to attack its prey.
Muskies are for fishing almost the whole year. However, for best results, ask an expert for a muskie’s yearly schedule.
- It is on record that muskies of around six feet and about 65 pounds have been caught. There could be bigger ones out there.
- A muskie is a predator and it can accelerate fast to catch its prey. It eats frogs, fish, and other small mammals. It relies heavily on its vision and the sensory pores to detect and catch its prey.
- It has more endurance than the pike. It puts up a strong struggle if caught.
- The female muskie grows faster that the male. A muskie’s lifespan could be up to 30 years and weigh as much as 60 pounds.
- Muskies have slow reproduction rates. To maintain the desired population, the “catch and release” policy is enforced. So, should you be lucky enough to catch a muskie, have it photographed, then put it back in the water. Inquire from the experts the maximum length of time before a freshly caught fish can be returned to the water without any harm.
A muskie is one the most-wished-for fish by anglers. Its size and the struggle it puts up against any attempts to catch it make them challenging and desirable to catch. A thorough knowledge of the muskie is a strong factor in getting a muskie trophy.