The DEC has announced the opening of 2021 muskellunge fishing season, a fish also known as the muskie or musky. The season officially opens today in inland waters, and June 19 for the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie, Upper Niagara River, Lower Niagara River, and Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.
The muskie is known as the fish of 10,000 casts, and they are the top predator in that waters which they reside. They can weigh up to and over 50 pounds, and they are fierce fighters, inspiring many an angler to take up the challenge of catching them.
Hotspots for trophy muskies are the St. Lawrence River, the Upper Niagara River, and Chautauqua Lake. Other quality spots include the Waneta, Greenwood, Bear, and Cassadaga Lakes, as well as the Susquehanna, the Chenango, and the Great Chazy rivers.
Muskellunge are managed as a trophy fish in New York, and minimum size regulations of 40 inches for inland waters and 54 inches for Great Lakes waters reflect that status. Review the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide for more information.
For tips on how to catch muskies, visit the DEC website to read Muskie 101.
Photos courtesy of NYS DEC and Michigan Department of Natural Resources.