Muskellunge

Lawmakers fail to resolve dispute over muskie stocking

NISSWA, Minn. — Lawmakers left St. Paul without resolving a long-running dispute over the stocking of Minnesota lakes with muskies. Opponents of introducing the ferocious predator fish to more lakes weren’t able to pass legislation this session to limit the practice. So anti-stocking legislation is expected to return next year. Muskies, or muskellunge, are native to 44 Minnesota lakes and…

Winnibigoshish also dealing with walleye woes; bill looks to nix muskie plan

Big Winnie, too? Amid news that anglers and resort owners on Lake Mille Lacs will be facing a third consecutive catch-and-release-only season for walleye, another top Minnesota walleye fishery reportedly is facing struggles of its own. The Minnesota DNR said it’s investigating whether a downturn on Lake Winnibigoshish is a normal part of walleye biology on Big Winnie, or if…

South Dakota makes switch to catch-and-release only for muskies

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission changed the harvest restrictions for muskellunge and tiger muskies from a statewide 40-inch minimum length limit and a daily limit of one fish to catch-and-release only statewide. Currently, South Dakota has five lakes that are managed for muskellunge: Lynn and Middle Lynn in Day county, West Highway 81 in Kingsbury county,…