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Tiger 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 Tiger 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
Tiger Muskellunge are long, slender fish with a large duckbill shaped mouth full of needle sharp teeth.

It looks much like a Muskellunge but on its sides are broken and often out of line dark bars (stripes).
Did You Know?
Tiger Muskellunge are non-native to Delaware. They occasionally stray to Delaware from Pennsylvania where they are often stocked.

The Tiger Muskellunge is a cross between a female Muskellunge and a male Northern Pike.

They are incredibly strong and have a crushing blow as they grab a lure.

Tiger Muskellunge also go by the nickname "Tiger Musky".
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 choices.

Large Golden Shiners or small Common Carp are favorite live baits for Tiger Muskellunge.
Typical Sizes Caught
Tiger Muskellunge can be as big as 15 pounds in Delaware waters.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Live Release Award
Adult: 30 inches minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 26 inches minimum

Sport Fishing Tournament Award
Adult: 10 pounds minimum
Youth (age 15 and under): 7.5 pounds minimum

Tiger Muskellunge are eligible for the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release "Musky" awards, but not currently eligible for an individual species award.
Delaware State Record
20 pounds 8 ounces
Thomas Sutton
2013

"Musky" is a general category and can be any muskellunge species.

Tiger Muskellunge is not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.