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Muskie Fishing in Canada

There is nothing like muskie fishing in Canada. While these "monsters" can be difficult to catch, when you do…there's nothing like it. You’ll feel the rush as the muskie takes off on a run performing acrobatic leaps into the air as he tries to throw the hook. It's an experience you won't soon forget. In most cases Canadian muskie fishing follows a catch and release program for conservation purposes. Never fear though, there is plenty of better tasting fish species for a shore lunch.

Biology and Habitat

The muskellunge, better known as muskie, is a member of the pike family. It is one of the largest freshwater fish species in Canada. The muskie has excellent vision and can spot its prey easily in clear water. In murky water, it senses its prey through vibrations in the sensory pores in its lower jaw.

Muskellunge are often confused with their cousin, the Northern Pike. While they are quite similar, there are subtle differences. Both have the elongated body and flat head common in "ambush" fish. Muskie can weigh up to 27 kg (60 lbs) with lengths reaching up to 1.5 metres (5 ft). They are light brown or green with dark vertical stripes that are ideal for hiding in the weeds. The Northern Pike on the other hand are dark coloured with light stripes or spots.

The muskie is normally a lone hunter patrolling its territory for smaller fish, frogs, crayfish, baby ducks, and small rodents. It is typically found in the pristine lakes of northern Ontario, Manitoba, Hudson Bay, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence River. Muskellunge spawn in late April and early May in shallow weed beds. The eggs hatch in approximately two weeks and grow to nearly a foot long by fall.

The Tiger Muskellunge is a sterile fish due to the interbreeding between pike and muskie because of a shared habitat. Whether you are musky fishing or pike fishing you'll know it. They seemingly strike out of nowhere and put up a violent struggle. Catch and release fishing for muskie is ideal as there numbers have been dwindling due to slow reproduction.

Canadian Muskie Fishing Destinations

While musky fishing can be enjoyed throughout Central Canada, the best muskie fishing destinations are in Northwestern Ontario and Eastern Manitoba as well as the St. Lawrence River. Their habitat is the crystal clear lakes and rivers that only the north can provide. The fish are huge, the scenery is spectacular, and the silence of the wilderness is golden.

North Country Lodge is on Canyon Lake in Northwestern Ontario. In addition to trophy Canadian muskie fishing you can catch lunch or dinner by going:

The musky fishing is catch and release in order to maintain fish stocks with many of the catches in the 20 – 30 pound range. Take a fly-in fishing trip to one of their outpost lakes where you’ll be the only anglers on the water. Monster Lake Trout patrol these waters and jumbo Perch are ready for the frying pan.

Head on up to Sunset Country in Northwestern Ontario where there are thousands of lakes to go muskie fishing in Canada. Lac Seul, Lake of the Woods, and Upper and Lower Manitou are world-renowned for some of the best Canadian muskie fishing. Some of the lakes are relatively untouched by humans and the fish have been able to grow to massive sizes. Muskie season opens in mid-June after the spawning season.

Mills Muskie Guide Service on beautiful Georgian Bay is one of the more popular muskie fishing destinations. The waters are deep and cold and contain some massive muskellunge. Several muskies in the 50 lb to 60 lb range have been caught in these waters. A 50.5 lb muskie was caught by a Mills Muskie client in 2001.

Muskie Rush Charters will take you on a Canadian fishing charter into the Thousand Island area of the St. Lawrence River. Located in Gananoque, Ontario, Muskie Rush Charters follows a catch and release program for musky fishing. No problem though, if you want take some fish home as he guides for pike, lake trout, bass, and walleye as well. They'll even take a digital photo and measure your muskie so a local taxidermist can build a graphite replica of your catch.

If you enjoy the exhilaration of reeling in a strong fighting fish then muskie fishing in Canada is right up your alley. The pristine lakes of Ontario are the perfect venue for musky fishing. The fish are large, the food is great, the environment is clean and scenic…you can’t ask for much more when you're Canadian muskie fishing.
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