Fishing Ontario Canada


Distribution in local area:

Baptiste Lake, Long Lake,

Physical Description:

Elongate, somewhat deep, slightly compressed body
Pattern of dark bars, spots, or both on a pale background on its side
Median fins are spotted or streaked
Single dorsal and anal fins are far posterior on the body, the tail is forked with pointed tips
Head slopes to a point; jaws are long and duckbill-shaped, with a slight underbite
Terminal mouth with sharp teeth
The muskellunge (muskie) is the largest member of the pike family.

Similar species:

Northern pike (Esox lucius)

Mean body size:

A rapidly growing fish, they reach sizes of several feet and can be in the 40-60-pound class.


Lakes, reservoirs, and slow-moving parts of rivers in cover, Muskies prefer habitat with clear, quiet water. Submerged weed beds interspersed with sunken stumps and logs are all components of ideal muskie habitat.

Food Habits:

Young fish eat microcrustaceans and insects
Adult diet is almost entirely fish

Reproductive Habits:

Mature between the ages of 3 and 5. Females usually larger than males
Muskellunge spawn in the spring following the northern pike spawning period. Water temperatures between 9.5-15.5°C (48° - 56°F) seem to be optimum for muskellunge spawning.
Their age at first spawning varies between 3 and 6 years old.
The males move to the spawning grounds first, the females following.
Actual spawning takes place at night in shallow, muck-bottomed bays or coves, especially those with sunken stumps or logs. Spawning occurs in shallows of streams and lakes in groups with one female and one to three males
Fecundity is 10,000-250,000 eggs per femaleEggs are distributed along several hundred feet of shoreline. No nests are built, and no parental care is given to eggs or young.


They are highly prized as sport fish; unfortunately, they are rather rare and few are caught. Musky is good to eat