The muskellunge was native to North Carolina, restricted to a few mountain rivers that flow to the Ohio River Basin, but poor water quality had all but eliminated them by the early 1950s. Improvements in water quality by the early 1970s-thought due to the Federal Clean Water Act-prompted restoration efforts for muskie in North Carolina's French Broad, Nolichucky, Cane and New rivers. Tiger muskies, a hybrid of northern pike and muskellunge, have been stocked into in North Carolina's Kerr Scott Reservoir and lakes Rhodhiss, Hiwassee and Fontana. The North Carolina muskie record is a 41-pound, 7.84-ounce fish caught from Lake Adger in 2001 by Richard W. Dodd. The North Carolina tiger muskie record is a 33-pound, 8-ounce fish caught from James Lake in 1988 by Gary Dean Nanney.
The original American range for muskellunge was from north of the St. Lawrence River, through the Great Lakes, into western New York, the Ohio River Basin and the Tennessee River Basin in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The official world all-tackle record currently standing is a 69-pound, 11-ounce fish caught Oct. 20 1949, by Louis Spray from the Chippewa Flowage in Wisconsin according to the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Heyward, Wis.
So being from MN I am a Muskie guy. Has anyone ever seen or caught a muskie in NC? I am reading here that they are in Kerr, lake james, Lake Adger or how about the Cane river.
I am interested to see if anyone has seen any. They seem to have some size down in the lake Adger area.
Does anyone even take the time to fish for them?