This pike-like fish is known as the largest and most unpredictable sport fish in the Kawarthas. It has vertical bars or spots on its side, a long sloping snout, needle-like teeth and wide-set eyes. Average weight of 12-20 pounds with a maximum weight of 30 pounds or more, muskie are common catches for anglers with persistence and knowledge as to how to pursue them. Large lures such as Giant Pikies and Rapalas should be used and trolled next to weed beds. The latter part of September and October are best for muskie fishing. Using a good quality water muskie plug, casting and reeling in quickly along the shore lines and over the weed beds could very well land you a muskie. Be prepared to fight to the finish.