Upper Peninsula of Michigan Fly Fishing Guide

Muskellunge - Musky - Upper Peninsula Michigan Fly Fishing Guide

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A muskellunge (Esox masquinongy), often known better as a Musky or Muskie, is a large, relatively uncommon freshwater fish of North America. The fish are a light silver, brown or green with dark vertical stripes on the flank, which may tend to break up into spots. In some cases, markings may be absent altogether, especially in fish from turbid waters. This is in contrast to northern pike which have dark bodies with light markings. Muskies prey upon almost anything that fits in the mouth. Most of the diet consists of fish but it also includes crayfish, frogs, ducks, muskrats, small mammals and small birds. The mouth is large with many long, needle-like teeth. They prefer items that are up to 30% of their total length.

Muskellunge are best caught in mid-summer and into early fall. These are the best times for them to take your offerering and when these monsters are the most active. Large bucktail streamers and huge topwater poppers attract the elusive Muskellunge and bring viscious strikes! If you have never witnessed a hefty Musky following your fly to the boat, you are in for a life changing experience. Clients who go, always want a return trip. Common catches here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan range from 30 inches up to over 50 inches. It's also common to hook up with or see a fish over 20 pounds every trip during these prime times. There are a few lakes and river systems that we frequent that hold great numbers and sizes of Muskellunge. Become part of the fly fishing elite by hooking up and landing the apex freshwater predator!