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The Muskie in my Lake are Eating All my Other Game Fish.
This belief often prevails around waters recently stocked with muskies. While there’s no doubt that muskies eat some gamefish, they’re rarely numerous enough to have a significant impact on other game fish populations. A dense pike population poses a much greater threat.
Pike are no Good to Eat
Its true that Pike have a lot of “Y-Bones” and those can be frustrating to deal with sometimes. With a little practice, the Y-Bones are easy to remove and the deboned meat is white, firm, flaky, and excellent tasting. In fact, many fishermen prefer pike to other game-fish, like walleye. The eating quality of musky is similar to that of pike, however most fishermen pass on muskies so they are seldom taken for food.
Pike and Muskies loose their teeth in summer, get sore mouths and don’t feed
Pike and Musky shed teeth continuously as old ones break or work loose. The shedding is no greater in summer, and the fish don’t get sore mouths. If fishing slows in summer, its for one of the following reasons:
Pike Always Hang Out in the Weeds
Small pike certainly spend most of their time in shallow, weedy areas. And big pike (more than 30 inches long) frequent shallow weeds in spring. But with the water warms in summer, the big ones usually move to deeper, cooler water.
Pike and muskies don’t bite at Night
Its true that pike do most of their feeding in daylight hours. Muskies are more prone to night feedin, especially in clear lakes. Tiger muskies have intermediate night-feeding tendencies
Muskies spend all their time in the same spots many times
Although muskies have a smaller home range than pike, they move more than most anglers believe. Just because you saw a muskie in a certain spot today is no guarantee it will be there tomorrow. The larger the body of water, the larger the muskies home range and the more they tend to roam.
Muskies don’t bite in the spring
Muskies prefer warmer water than pike, so it’s true that they feed less actively in spring. They also spawn later than pike, so they may not be fully recuperated from the effects of spawning by the time the season opens. Or they may be in transition, moving from their spawning areas to their early summer locations. If you can find them, they’ll bite, but you may have to use smaller-than-normal lures and slower retrieves.
Muskies are Loners
Although magazine articles commonly make this connection, the fat is that muskies usually hang out in loose groups in certain key areas. The fish appear to be loners because they’re difficult to catch and anglers seldom take more than one of them out of a given spot
Conservation Departments Have Netted Many 100-Pound Muskies
There has never been a documented 100-pound muskie taken anywhere. All reports of 100-pounders have been proven to be hoaxes or simply exaggerations as word-of-mouth reports spread from angler to angler. Even when conservations workers do net large fish, they rarely have accurate scales.
The Muskies Suspended Just Beneath the Surface are Sick.
For some unknown reasons, muskies seem to enjoy sunning themselves. On calm sunny days, they’ll often lie motionless with their backs almost out of the water. But the fish are perfectly healthy and are sometime catchable, if you can approach without spooking them.
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