August 12, 2015

Making a case for the muskie

BY STU MERRY
BHG News

When it comes to fish in North Dakota waters, one of the largest is the muskellunge.

Muskies, as they are more commonly called, have been reintroduced to Lake Audubon in recent years. The fish is the largest member of the pike family. The common name comes from the Ojibwa word maashkinoozhe, meaning "ugly pike."

The reason to introduce muskies is to provide diversity to the fishery in Lake Audubon, said Jason Lee with the N.D. Game and Fish Department in Riverdale.

Any muskie caught has to be at least 48 inches to keep. It is illegal to take or possess any muskie less than 48 inches.

A majority of the feedback is positive regarding muskies, Lee said.

There have been preliminary surprises. A few anglers report catches of the reclusive muskie.


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