Wisconsin State Fish: Muskie (Esox masquinongy Mitchell)

The Wisconsin State Fish is the muskie.

Common name(s): Muskellunge, Musky or Muskie, maskinonge, leopard muskellunge, lunge.

The source of many monster fish stories in the state's famed Northwoods, members of the legislature attempted to adopt the muskellunge as the state fish as early as 1939. The trout was a very distant alternative suggestion. But, it wasn't until 1955 that the legislature unanimously passed legislation that made the muskellunge Wisconsin’s official state fish.

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