Other names: Musky
The Muskellunge is native from Georgia to the northeastern United States and throughout the Great Lakes region of both Canada and the U.S. The muskellunge has a duck bill shaped mouth with rows of razor sharp maxillaries and feeds on other fish, small mammals and birds.
Though there were once believed to be as many as four species of muskellunge, it is now understood that those varieties are all the same species. Its closest relative is the tiger musky, which can be distinguished by its complex markings and by dorsal and pelvic fins that are located much closer to the tail than the musky's.
The northern pike is sometimes confused with a musky, but the color patterns on each are very distinct. Musky may be spotted, barred or simply a light brown color, but any marks they possess will be darker than the background whereas a pike has light colored marks on a darker background. Redfin and grass pickerels are marked very similarly to musky, but they only grow about 15 inches long while giant muskies will reach more than 60 inches.