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Muskellunge

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Brandywine Creek and Christina River
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Muskellunge can be found from deep open water to shallow weeds and fallen trees.

The fish are carnivores to the extreme and, because of their size, will eat most anything that is smaller than they are, including small birds and mammals.
General Description
Muskellunge are long, slender fish with a large duckbill shaped mouth full of needle sharp teeth.

They are light colored and usually have dark bars running up and down their long bodies.
Did You Know?
Muskellunge are non-native to Delaware. They occasionally stray to Delaware from Pennsylvania where they are often stocked.

They are the largest member of the pike family.

Muskellunge also go by the nickname of "Muskie".

The Muskellunge is incredibly strong and has a crushing blow as it grabs a lure. They put up a great fight on fresh water tackle.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Because of the large size of its prey, big jerk baits, large spinners, and topwater lures are often the top choice.

Large Golden Shiners or small common carp are favorite live baits for Muskellunge.
Typical Sizes Caught
Muskellunge can be as big as 15 pounds in Delaware.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Length: 30 inches (for Live Release Award only)
or
Weight: 10 pounds

Muskellunge are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament "Muskie" citation, but not currently eligible for an individual species citation.
Delaware State Record
20 pounds 8 ounces
Thomas Sutton
2013

"Muskie" is a general category and can be any Muskellunge species.

Muskellunge is not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.