The Ultimate Muskie Fishing Quiz


By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

You're a seasoned angler and feel that you've outgrown bass, trout and the like. You're just itching to lay your hands on the elusive muskie. Is it as difficult as they say? Take this quiz to learn more about catching muskie.

Which is usually bigger, panfish or muskie?

Muskie are usually too big to fit in a pan.


What is the full name of the muskie?

The full name of the muskie, or musky, is muskellunge.


According to folklore, how do you catch muskie?

According to fishermen folklore, you catch muskie by using huge lures on a heavy line while trolling quickly across a lake.


If you want to fish for muskie, what place is even better than the Great Lakes region?

Canada is even better than the Great Lakes region.


As an expert in catching muskie, what season is ideal for you?

If you're a real expert, you can catch a muskie with a lure during any season.


During the spring time, you are more likely to catch _____ muskie.

Chances are, you're more likely to catch larger muskie in the spring.


What size bait can you catch large muskie with?

Surprisingly, you can catch large muskie using small, walleye-sized bait.


Assuming you're not a muskie-angling expert, when is the best season to catch muskie?

Your best bet is between mid-summer and late fall.


You catch a 48-inch (1.2-meter) muskie and your friends tell you it's not that big. Are they right?

Well, you might be excited about your catch, but the truth is that's considered just medium size for a muskie. So, better luck next time!


Muskie can be so difficult to catch that they are regarded as the fish of _____ casts.

They are nicknamed "the fish of 10,000 casts."


Are all anglers in agreement as to the best conditions for catching muskie?

No, opinions differ widely. Some say the weather conditions must be stable, others say it must be cloudy, dusk time or dawn. There is no common consensus.


Most anglers have found that _____ is conducive for catching muskie.

Most anglers have found that low light -- for instance, dusk time or overcast weather -- is conducive for catching muskie.


Who claimed to have caught an almost 70-pound (31-kilo) muskie in 1949?

Though both former U.S. president Herbert Hoover and basketball player Ted Williams enjoyed fishing, it was Louie Spray who claimed to have caught this whopper.


Based on what information did the World Record Muskie Alliance discount Spray's claim?

According to the World Record Muskie Alliance, the length versus weight ratio based on the dimensions given would have been impossible.


Some evidence suggests that a taxidermist _____ Spray's fish.

According to credible evidence, it seems that a taxidermist stretched Spray's fish by about 10 inches (25 centimeters).


Whereas muskie anglers used to go for rods like pool cues, what do they prefer nowadays?

Pool cues were characterized for being short and heavy. Today, anglers go for longer, lighter rods.


What is the advantage of a longer rod?

A longer rod allows you to get the line out further and cover more ground with greater agility.


Why don't anglers like to use Dacron line for muskie fishing any more?

Today's braided super lines are thinner than Dacron and don't stretch, which would be a disadvantage.


The thicker the line:

The thicker the line, the greater the water resistance and the harder it is on your arms.


What is considered optimum trolling speed by the experts?

Optimum trolling speed is about 4 to 6 miles (6.4 to 9.6 kilometers) per hour.


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