The Ultimate Muskie Fishing Quiz
by Staff
You're a seasoned angler and feel that you've outgrown bass, trout and the like. You're just itching to lay your hands on the elusive muskie. Is it as difficult as they say? Take this quiz to learn more about catching muskie.

Which is usually bigger, panfish or muskie?

  • muskie
  • panfish
  • both are about the same size

What is the full name of the muskie?

  • muskfish
  • muskiefish
  • muskellunge

According to folklore, how do you catch muskie?

  • Use brightly-colored lures on a short line while trolling quickly across the lake.
  • Use huge lures on a heavy line while trolling quickly across the lake.
  • Use huge lures on a light line while trolling slowly across the lake.

If you want to fish for muskie, what place is even better than the Great Lakes region?

  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Alaska
  • Canada

As an expert in catching muskie, what season is ideal for you?

  • the winter
  • any season
  • the summer

During the spring time, you are more likely to catch _____ muskie.

  • large
  • small
  • migrating

What size bait can you catch large muskie with?

  • medium, minnow-sized bait
  • medium, carp-sized bait
  • small, walleye-sized bait

Assuming you're not a muskie-angling expert, when is the best season to catch muskie?

  • between mid-summer and late fall
  • between early spring and late summer
  • between early fall and late winter

You catch a 48-inch (1.2-meter) muskie and your friends tell you it's not that big. Are they right?

  • there's no way of knowing
  • yes
  • no

Muskie can be so difficult to catch that they are regarded as the fish of _____ casts.

  • 100
  • 1000
  • 10000

Are all anglers in agreement as to the best conditions for catching muskie?

  • No, not at all.
  • Yes, for sure.
  • In general, yes.

Most anglers have found that _____ is conducive for catching muskie.

  • random casting
  • quick trolling
  • low light

Who claimed to have caught an almost 70-pound (31-kilo) muskie in 1949?

  • Herbert Hoover
  • Louie Spray
  • Ted Williams

Based on what information did the World Record Muskie Alliance discount Spray's claim?

  • the length versus weight ratio
  • the unlikely length measurement
  • an eyewitness account which denied it ever happened

Some evidence suggests that a taxidermist _____ Spray's fish.

  • replaced
  • stuffed
  • stretched

Whereas muskie anglers used to go for rods like pool cues, what do they prefer nowadays?

  • shorter, lighter rods
  • shorter, heavier rods
  • longer, lighter rods

What is the advantage of a longer rod?

  • You can get the line out further and cover more ground with greater agility.
  • The muskie don't sense your presence at the end of it.
  • You can catch more fish in less time.

Why don't anglers like to use Dacron line for muskie fishing any more?

  • They do like Dacron; this question is based on a false premise.
  • The new braided super lines are thicker and more stretchable
  • The new braided super lines are thinner and don't stretch.

The thicker the line:

  • the lesser the water resistance
  • the greater the water resistance
  • the easier it is on your arms

What is considered optimum trolling speed by the experts?

  • 2 to 5 miles (3.2 to 8 kilometers) per hour
  • 4 to 6 miles (6.4 to 9.6 kilometers) per hour
  • 8 to 12 miles (12.8 to 19.3 kilometers) per hour