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DNR question of the week: Muskellunge

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Q: How old do muskie get, and how long does it take to grow a 50 incher?

A: The oldest muskellunge I have aged was 22 years, and muskellunge in Canadian waters have been aged up to 30 years old.

In both cases, ages were assessed using the cleithrum, a calcified structure that requires lethal sampling and is collected from harvested fish anglers bring into taxidermy shops.

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