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Grumpy ol man
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 05:25 PM 02/20/17 (CST)
First, Thanks ta the Webdude & congrats on being Grampa...
Was reading thread dealing with getting more disussion hong....
Born & raised in Minnesota, last 30+ years been out of state... Have talked ta few & , well, just gonna spit it out...

Muskies ...
Every one has a favoret fish... Not trying ta step on anyones toes... Are they more for sport fishing or are they good ta eat? Recently while ice fishing, caught one... Wasnt sure if theirs a slot limit for keeping, it was fat & healthy... Reliesed it...
Most people fishing that i've fished with prefure wallies over northern... Taste & easier cleaning... Never tried eating the muskie, the bigger of the 3 & all compete for same food...
Reasons for stocking lakes with muskies ?
Sport or tablefair ?
Fishing for de-bait...


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:57 AM 02/21/17 (CST)
I've only seen one muskie kept in my years of fishing and it was probably a 30-35" fish that was illegal to keep. I assume the guy was going to eat it but he didn't stick around for me to ask him. He tossed it in the live well and sped off as quick as he could.

Muskie are almost exclusively a sport fish in MN and the minimum size to keep is 54" so really only for a trophy to be kept and mounted.

Lots of debate about the stocking program. Also a lot of misinformation about the muskie. Many old timers don't like them because they claim they eat all of the walleye. I believe thats more of an old wives tale without much fact to back it up. They did a study in WI from 1991-1994 where they checked the stomachs of over 1000 muskies caught from 34 different bodies of water to see what they were eating. Only 5 walleyes were found in those 1000+ fish mostly they were eating perch and suckers along with a variety of other panfish and minnows. If a lake has tullibee/cisco that tends to be their preferred food source.




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 02:49 PM 02/21/17 (CST)
dang phone, lost what had alteady typed...
Talking ta people older & young some for the restocking...
The study in Wi., 5 out of 1,000 had wallies... Yeti, as preditor fish, muskie are the largest, of the 3, northern, walleye...
& thinking all 3 eat perch, blue gills, crappie, & other...
Sport fishing, we talking fishing turnamrnts, catch&release ?
Some of the older fishermen may have a point...

my spelling not best, & spell check, switches words & screen moves...



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:07 AM 02/22/17 (CST)
There are some muskie tournaments but I believe its all catch and release.

Musky will of course eat walleye to some extent but based on the studies I've seen they are not a major threat to walleye. Its mostly just an old way of thinking that wasn't based on science.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 01:09 PM 02/22/17 (CST)
Was thinking a 20" fish would eat smaller sized fish, isnt that how they get bigger...
& if only reason for stocking muskies is for catch & release, a 15"+ walleye might look appitising ta a 50"+ muskie...
& dont muskie & walleye both have same diet, its not rocket-science rather survivial


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:02 PM 02/22/17 (CST)
Nope, not rocket science. I think its actually biology.

A 50" fish isn't necessarily going to eat every single fish it encounters just because it can. Every species of animal on earth has its preferred prey items. Just because a bear is bigger than a wolf doesn't mean that bears are going to eat all of the wolves, its just not how it works. The same can be said for muskie. Just because they are bigger than walleye doesn't mean that the walleye is going to make up the majority of its diet.

Muskies tend to favor cisco and suckers, the majority of big muskies can be found in lakes with good populations of cisco. Walleye may eat small cisco but it is not their primary forage option.

Sure muskie will eat a few walleye from time to time but studies have proven its a fairly minimal amount, and sure muskies will eat some of the same things that walleye eat but there is generally enough options and enough forage to go around so that neither are starving.

You can choose to believe what you want about how muskies impact walleye populations a lot of old timers do.



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:23 PM 02/22/17 (CST)
Good info...

The release of muskies are in the early stages of science, for each lake is different... The release of asian carp is a good example... Time will tell...
The part about wolf & bear, cant realy be used since, wolves hunt in packs, were bear single... Dont think walleyes hunt in schools...



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 11:58 AM 02/23/17 (CST)
So with the resurch done... How big does a muskie have ta get before they reproduce & how many at a time?


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:36 PM 02/23/17 (CST)
That I do not know, google will probably have that answer.


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 02:22 PM 02/23/17 (CST)
From what little learned here...
Muskies were introduced for the sportsman rather than old time fishing...
Can see the conserns some have....

Theirs not alot of people on here ta voice opinions...


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