Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy; hereafter referred to as Muskies) are native to Canada and the United States including the Great Lakes, upper Mississippi River and Ohio River drainages. Muskies were native to Indiana’s tributary rivers connected to the Ohio River, but habitat changes nearly eliminated all natural populations. Efforts to re-establish Muskies began in 1974. Today, thirteen Muskie populations in Indiana are maintained by stocking hatchery raised fish.
Muskies are some of the largest fish in Indiana and anglers usually release the Muskies they catch, prizing them more for their trophy-size and challenge to catch rather than edibility. Although growth of older male Muskies is slow and few ever reach 44 inches, females typically reach 36 inches at age-7 and 44 inches at age-12. Under the right conditions, female Muskies can grow longer than 50 inches, weigh over 40 pounds, and live more than 20 years. The Indiana state record was caught in 2002 at James Lake (Kosciusko Co.) and weighed 42 pounds, 8 ounces.
Stocking completed in 2018
|Waterbody||County||Resource||Acres||N/Acre||N stocked 1||Initial Year||Regulation|
|Barbee Lakes Chain||Kosciusko||Glacial Lake||850||5||4250||1998||Standard|
|Loon Pit||Warrick||Excavated Lake||184||5||920||2006||Standard|
|Tippecanoe Chain||Kosciusko||Glacial Lake||1133||1||1133||1997||Standard|
|Webster 2||Kosciusko||Glacial Lake||774||4||1825||1981||44-inch|
|Loon 3||Noble/Whitley||Glacial Lake||222||1||400||1978||Standard|
|Upper Long 3||Noble||Glacial Lake||86||2||200||1996||Standard|
1 Current stocking rate.
2 Includes 1553 age-0 fingerlings and 272 age-1 fingerlings.
3 Permitted public stockings.
|Species||Daily Bag Limit||Minimum Size|
|Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge||1 singly||36 inches 1|
1 44-inch minimum size at Backwater, Kiser and Webster lakes (Kosciusko County).
Surveys of the best lakes for Muskie fishing
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