New York Muskellunge Fishing Season Set to Begin

New York Muskellunge Fishing Season Set to Begin

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The highly anticipated muskellunge fishing season in New York is just around the corner, with inland waters opening on June 1 and Great Lakes waters following suit on June 15, according to the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.

Muskellunge, nicknamed "muskies" and known as the "fish of 10,000 casts," are regarded by anglers as the ultimate trophy fish. These elusive creatures are renowned for their immense size, with some specimens exceeding 50 inches and 50 pounds, as well as their incredible fighting prowess when hooked.

New York is home to some of the world's premier muskie fishing destinations, including the St. Lawrence River, upper Niagara River, and Chautauqua Lake. The state boasts at least 13 lakes and 19 rivers with muskellunge populations.

To maintain the trophy status of these fish, New York enforces minimum size regulations of 40 inches for inland waters and 54 inches for Great Lakes waters.

Anglers seeking advice on landing a monster muskie can find valuable tips in the "Muskie 101" guide on the Department of Environmental Conservation website. The site also provides information on freshwater fishing regulations and access points throughout the state.

As always, the New York State Department of Health offers guidance to anglers regarding the safety of consuming fish caught in specific waterbodies.

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