mus·​kel·​lunge | \ ˈmə-skə-ˌlənj How to pronounce muskellunge (audio) \
plural muskellunge

Definition of muskellunge

: a large North American pike (Esox masquinongy) that has dark markings, may weigh over 60 pounds (27 kilograms), and is a valuable sport fish

Examples of muskellunge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After eight years of hard-core muskellunge fishing around the state — often sleeping in his truck at night — Knutson's pattern is to end each season on Mille Lacs. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Epic muskie day lifts young fishing guide into rare air," 12 Dec. 2020 Top of the food chain in Wisconsin lakes, the muskellunge grows to more than 4 feet and can top 50 pounds. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Why musky fishing — in the dark, sometimes involving blood — is the only fishing for me," 2 July 2019 Corey Kitzmann of Davenport, Iowa, now holds Minnesota’s state record for a catch-and-release muskellunge: a 57¼-inch monster caught on Lake Vermilion earlier this month. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Lake Vermilion monster musky is new MN catch-and-release record," 21 Oct. 2019 The rest of the fish community includes muskellunge, northern pike, white sucker, brown bullhead, yellow perch, spot-tail shiner, Johnny darter and a handful of other small species. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Can the walleye population rebound in McDermott Lake if bass and panfish are reduced?," 30 June 2018 The tribes are allowed to take no more than 120 walleyes, 30 smallmouth bass, eight muskellunge and two sturgeon per river or stream segment. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: A decrease in walleye spearing declarations follows a year of record numbers," 25 Apr. 2018 In addition to the walleye figures, the tribes' declared intentions to harvest 1,521 muskellunge in 2018. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: A decrease in walleye spearing declarations follows a year of record numbers," 25 Apr. 2018 Because of the predominantly catch-and-release nature of muskellunge fisheries, determination of vital statistics such as annual survival and maximum growth potential are critical to managing them, according to the agency. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Conference provides snapshot of Midwest fish and wildlife issues," 3 Feb. 2018 Summer and fall are excellent times to fish the rivers, Donofrio said, and anglers have the chance to catch walleyes, northern pike and muskellunge while trying for smallmouth. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Kayaks are a perfect vessel to reach Oconto River smallmouth," 16 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of muskellunge

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for muskellunge

alteration of Canadian French maskinongé, from Ojibwa ma·skino·še·

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22 Dec 2020

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“Muskellunge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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