On our Minnesota and Wisconsin fly fishing musky trips you will meet the muskellunge—a lean, mean fightin’ machine that’s the most sought‐after trophy fish in Wisconsin. Named the official state fish in 1955, this ferocious member of the pike family is often implicated in fish stories as “the one that got away.” Legends about Old Sawtooth, Big Max, the Terminator, Scarface and other monster muskellunge lurking in Wisconsin lakes are told by seasoned northwoods veterans to wide‐eyed novice anglers. The feared muskellunge has even been the star of a full‐length feature film entitled Muskie Madness (the title was later changed to the less ambiguous Blood Hook). The muskellunge also plays a starring role in Wisconsin’s tourism industry. Wisconsin offers some of the best muskellunge fishing on the planet; yet it still takes the average angler more than 100 hours to catch a legal muskellunge. Hooking a muskellunge is a first‐class fresh‐water thrill no angler will ever forget.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Bureau of Fisheries Management