Lake Superior State University biology professor Dr. Kevin Kapuscinski and LSSU research associate Dr. Derek Crane have written an article on muskellunge and northern pike ecology that has been featured in the June issue of “Fisheries Magazine,” the monthly publication of the American Fisheries Society.
The peer-reviewed article, “Muskellunge and Northern Pike Ecology and Management: Important Issues and Research Needs,” was written with five other fisheries scientists. It notes that spawning habitat and genetics have been the prime concerns for muskies and northern pike, and it summarizes advancements in science around these fish, as well as the status and future of pike and muskellunge research and management.
“Muskellunge and northern pike are two of the largest predatory fish species in fresh waters of North America, and they support important sport fisheries throughout their range,” said Kapuscinski, who is also co-director of LSSU’s Aquatic Research Laboratory. He noted that while “muskies” are thriving in areas of northern Wisconsin and in Michigan’s Lake St. Clair, there are other places, such as western Lake Erie, where they once supported a commercial fishery but are no longer reproducing adequately to support a recreational fishery.
The American Fisheries Society is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources. It was established in 1870 in New York and now has more than 9,000 members around the world. Fisheries Magazine is available to all members.