FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What do they taste like? : They don’t taste very good and besides, they are covered in protective slime. There are a lot
better eating fish. And since the tiger muskie is sterile, each one that is kept, is gone and needs to be replaced. It takes time and money to purchase, grow and release these fish.
What do they eat? According to many WDFW diet studies, their preferred diet is northern pke minnow. (See Diet Study,
1. What is the cost of membership in Muskies Inc.?
The cost of an annual individual membership is $35.00 and a
membership is $47.50.
2. What are the benefits of membership?
One national voice.
A 1 year subscription to Muskies Inc. Magazine.
Members-only catch and release contests.
Access to statistics on over 200,000 muskie captures
on Muskie's Inc.'s website.
Learn how to properly catch and release muskies.
Discover where to fish for muskies.
Learn which equipment you need to keep yourself and the muskie
Share experiences with other muskie enthusiasts.
Support the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Provide in-put on management, regulations, limits, etc.
3. Do I have to be a member to come to the meetings?
No. Everyone is welcome! One of the goals of the Chapter is
to provide information about Muskies to all fishermen.
4. What is a Boating Safety Education Card, do I need one and if so how do I get one?
Starting in 2008 Required Boaters Safety Education Cards are
phased-in in Washington State. The State Parks Department has
FAQ about the cards including how to get one. The cards are valid
Canada and all states that require them. Safety is a priority
Muskies, Inc., and we encourage our members to get a card.
Parks site has a list of Course Options. A link to the State
Dept. FAQ is on the FAQ page of this website.
1. Where did Muskies get their name?
The species name "Esox masquinongy" comes from an Ojibwa
(Chippewa) name for the fish -"mas" meaning ugly, and
2. Why is the word spelled both Muskie and Musky?
These are regional variations of the same word that developed
through local customs in different mid-west states.
3. Are there purebred muskies in Washington lakes?
No, only sterile Tiger Muskies are carefully stocked by the WDFW
Washington lakes. The primary purpose is to control nuisance
and provide an exciting sport fishery.
4. How long do Muskies live and how big can they get?
The answer varies depending on whether you're talking about
Purebred Muskies or sterile Tiger Muskies and where they
who you ask. Under ideal conditions Purebred Muskies can grow
to 72 inches and in some cases live more than 20 years.
inches and 15 to 20 years may be typical if they aren't
There are stories of muskies up to 100lbs. but the
verified size is lightly over 60 inches in length and about 70 lbs.
weight. True muskies over 50 lbs. are very rare.
Tiger Muskies are both smaller and shorter-lived. They can grow
between 40-60- inches and live 8-10 years under good
In the last 100 years only 2 tiger muskies over 50lbs. have
caught by anglers. Stocked tiger muskies do not seem to live
long or get as big as tiger muskies within their natural range,
most state records are less than 40 lbs.
5. What is the current legal size limit to keep a muskie?
In this state it is 50 inches. The daily bag limit is 1 fish.
Washington's tiger muskie is mostly a catch-and-release fishery, but
still allow an angler to keep a 50 inch (+) fish.
6. What are Tiger Muskies?
Tiger Muskies are long, slender fish with vertical "tiger"
They are a cross between two non-native, predatory species: a
northern pike and a female muskellunge. As with most all
they are sterile and thus grow relatively fast. It has become one
the most exciting sport fisheries in the United States, due in
part to the philosophy and practice of "catch and release".
7. What is C-P-R?
It means Catch-Photo-Release. Muskies Inc. originated
pioneered the catch and release concept that is practiced in
species today. Released rates have averaged 99% plus since
1990's. This release program, in reality, is another stocking
and does more to perpetuate this great sport than any other
program. The photo is taken quickly so the fish can be returned to
the water with the least amount of stress. Some people
C-P-R-P which includes an extra photo during the release.
other things this can provide documentation of the release. If
take the fish out of the water to photograph it you should only
it out as long as you can hold your own breath....under
8. If I release my Muskie how am I going to be able to brag about its weight since I won't be able to weigh it?
There are a number of ways to calculate the weight of a Muskie
based on its length and girth. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to
a lot of consistency in the formulas, although they do seem to
up with relatively similar results. This is the formula most
Length X girth X girth, then divide by 800. Measure girth at the
widest part of the fish.
9. What is the record Tiger Muskie in Washington State?
The 31.25 lb. fish caught by John Bays from Mayfield Lake on
artificial lure, reportedly a plastic scampy shrimp, holds the
10. What is the world record Tiger Muskie?
The 54 inch, 51 lb. 3 oz. tiger muskie caught from Lac Vieux
by John Knobla in 1919. The largest caught by a woman is the
inch, 50 lb. 4 ox. Fish caught by Delores Ott Lapp from the
lake in 1951. These are the only Tiger Muskies over 50 lbs,
to be caught.
1. Why were Tiger Muskies planted?
To reduce the infestations of northern pike minnow, suckers,
carp and other unwanted "rough" fish in the targeted waters.
muskies were first introduced to Mayfield Lake in Southwest
Washington's Lewis County in 1988 to rebuild a local Coho
population by controlling the squawfish that preyed upon them.
Merwin Reservoir's kokanee population has also benefited greatly
to the tigers healthy appetite for squaw fish. (npm). Spokane
Newman Lake received Tiger Muskies in 1992 to
control carp and stunted populations of perch and bluegill. The
Muskie has become its own highly regarded sport fishery
2. How many Washington lakes are currently stocked with Muskies?
7 lakes: Lake Tapps, Mayfield Lake, Merwin Reservoir, Newman
and Silver Lake near Spokane, Evergreen Reservoir near Quincy
and Curlew Lake in Ferry County.
In the early years of the Tiger Program, WDFW made
several other lakes for rough fish control purposes, including
Lake in Whatcom County, Green Lake in Seattle, Red
Reservoir in Grant County and a South Lewis County
Note: These lakes no longer receive plants and it is unlikely
specimens still survive in any of those waters.
3. Are there any Tiger Muskies in nearby states?
Every northern state from Washington to Maine has stocked
Muskies. Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming have them.