Muskie-fishing opportunities abound all across the state, where 99 lakes have fishable populations of the species that can measure more than 50 inches long and weigh more than 50 pounds. The season runs through Dec. 1, and fall is one of the best times to catch a truly monster fish as the fish feed heavily in advance of winter.
Muskies are the top predator species in the waters where they live. While the state record—caught in 1957 in Lake Winnibigoshish—weighed 54 pounds and was 56 inches long, most fishermen today release the muskies they catch. For that reason, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has set up an alternative record program for muskies that are caught and released. But in the years before that program was in place, it’s likely anglers caught muskies that would have exceeded the state record. Most of those were caught late in the fall.