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.

Muskellunge Illustration by 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.
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 22 pounds 4.8 ounces
Stephen Rutkowski

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

Muskellunge is not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.