Dispute over stocking lakes with muskies continues

March 09, 2019 10:43 PM

Muskie season is right around the corner, but once again, it could come with controversy.

State leaders are expected to try to pass legislation that would limit where muskies can be stocked.


Josh Borovsky has made a livelihood from muskies, but legislation in recent years has aimed to limit the stock of them. He says that could hurt the industry. Others at the Muskie Expo agree.

"If you can sell more fishing licenses, create more business for all the resorts, sell more tackle and all the other tourism expenses that people coming from out of state, as well as residents who have been here, why wouldn't you do it," said Borovsky, owner of Professional Muskie Guide.

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Some walleye anglers and lake associations have long opposed muskie stocking efforts. Property owners along some lakes say muskies damage walleye populations, but muskie supporters say there is no evidence to back those claims.

"What I like to rely on is the DNR and the science that they use," said Mike Kramer, owner of Kramer Brothers Tackle.

"If you are a walleye angler and you are keeping all the walleye you catch every time, you are eating far more walleyes than a muskie every would," Borovksy added. 

Muskie supporters say research shows muskies do not harm the lake or native fish.

Muskies - properly known as Muskellunge - are native to 44 Minnesota lakes and eight rivers. The Department of Natural Resources stocks about 48 others.

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