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MountainStreamer

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Add muskellunge to the list of south-coastal Alaska’s modern-era, climate-change invaders.

First it was northern pike, then largemouth bass, and now the Monsters of the Midwest.

Historically, the largest of the pike – a fish that can grow to the size of king salmon – have never been found north of central Ontario or west of the Rocky Mountains.

And yet what is believed to be a reproducing population showed up in a Kenai Peninsula lake last fall, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Give Alaska the records for westernmost and northernmost musky.

“Numerous muskies of varying ages were found…which is a terrifying thought,” Dave Rutz, the director of the state Division of Sport Fisheries said in a Tuesday statement.


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https://craigmedred.news/2019/07/09/toothed-invaders/

 


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Not making anything political (to heck with politics) BUT I’d say Musky in Alaska has more to do with armchair bucket biologist moving fish than an invasion due to climate change. Unfortunate regardless. Alaska is one of the few places left where it’s mostly native species. Hate to see invasive get a foothold anywhere. Luckily, Musky are probably one of the easier ones to eradicate with their lower survival rates.
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Reads to me like the WVDNR has visited Alaska. [wink]
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I took this picture in Soldotna Alaska on the Kenai river back in 2016 and thought it was interesting at the time.

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I really think a lot get moved around on birds feet . We used to duck hunt a lot and there is a slough below the house that was dry for 2 years , then full for 2 , I looked down one day and there was a tiger musky swimming past me 6 to 8 inches long, but a musky just the same , my boy talked about it for quite a while
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Their state record largemouth was caught last year 7-1/2”

https://craigmedred.news/2018/09/04/new-ak-record/
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