||No Size Limit
|Daily Limit / Person
||Brandywine Creek and Christina River
|Abundance in Delaware Waters
|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.
|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 "Musky" (singular) or "Muskies" (plural).
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 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 Length and Weight
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
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
"Musky" is a general category and can be any Muskellunge species.
Muskellunge is not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.