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Muskellunge

Muskellunge

Esox masquinongy

Muskellunge is associated with abundant aquatic vegetation in large rivers with moderate current and in cool lakes. It is native to the Allegheny, Erie, Saint Lawrence and Champlain watersheds, but has been stocked in several other waters for sportfishing. A recent decline in the sport fishery of the Saint Lawrence River is attributed to viral hemorrhagic septicemia.

Fish atlas map for Muskellunge.