Fish Facts: Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy)

Virginia guide Mark McKinney hoists a monster musky, caught on an unnamed Virginia River.
Photo courtesy Mark McKinney

The top freshwater predator of North America, the muskellunge is also perhaps the continent’s most elusive game fish, earning its nickname, “the fish of 10,000 casts.” The name muskellunge comes from a French translation of the Ojibwa word maashkinoozhe, which means “ugly pike,” but it is the species’ ferocity, rather than its. . .

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