Muskies are found in Ontario in most northern lakes including large water bodies. The Muskellunge (Esox) prefer cold water temperatures and clear lakes and rivers where they patrol weeds and floating plants waiting to ambush their prey.
This is the Bad Boy of Ontario waters. They resemble the northern pike with many similar features and species behaviour patterns.
Muskies will eat just about anything that will fit in their toothy mouth. They are partial to eating frogs, other fish, crawfish, water snakes, muskrats, small ducks, baby loons and other smaller furry critters. Their predatory instincts make this one interesting and typically hard fish to target as they are one of the moodiest in Ontario waters.
Because of their sheer gross size sport anglers covet a large musky and are known to go days searching for a trophy sized fish. Muskies are clever and finicky. Some fish will follow bait to the boat or shore many times over before deciding its time for lunch.
Being larger and more powerful than their cousins the northern pike they are best known for hard hits, long fights and great aerobatics above the water. Large lures are essential for landing a hugh muskie. Preferences are a personal choice to almost all musky anglers with each using a variety of large topwater lures, bucktails and sloftplastics. Large tackle is also encouraged with heavy line, heavy rod and reel and a good quality leader to prevent bite-offs. Average sized lures are around 8-26 inches and are readily found on many websites on the internet.
Average muskie sizes in Ontario range from 20 to 30 pounds with the provincial record set at (wow) 65lbs!
More and more muskie anglers are now practicing catch and release strategies with Ontario muskies to ensure their survival and continual breeding in these unspoiled water.
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