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While there are numerous methods, tips, tricks, and techniques to try when muskie fishing, all the knowledge in the world can't help you catch a muskie that isn't there. One of the biggest challenges when musky fishing is actually locating the muskie, from there muskie aren't too difficult to catch. However, locating the muskie to begin with brings us to the importance of muskie management and catch and release muskie fishing.

Muskie are a rare fish. As all top predators are - muskie are few in numbers. In addition to being so rare muskie take a very long time to grow and get large. In most cases, a muskie that becomes a trophy, say the 45 inch and up range can be as old as 20 years. This low density and slow growth makes it apparent just how important catch and release is when muskie fishing.

Lakes with natural muskie populations have a hard time keeping that population healthy with heavy fishing pressure. Each fish taken out is another lost genetic contribution and only leads to poorer populations. We have plenty of examples of lakes which previously were able to boast of great muskie populations which were subsequently taken down to next to nothing after only a few years of heavy muskie fishing pressure. Most muskie anglers will agree that a muskie can be caught over and over again which just underscore the importance of catch and release.

The muskies are too important a resource to eliminate. Muskie are easy to release and with the new methods of taxidermy, you can still have the trophy on your wall. Let's release the muskie and ensure that we'll be able to catch them another day long into the future.

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