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The Return Of The Muskellunge


Last updated 6/17/2019 at 3:13pm

What The River Wants

A floodplain restoration could help bring back muskie in the French Broad.

Gigantic muskellunge – or muskie – have long made their home in the French Broad River. They’re a favorite of anglers who seek their chance to reel in the powerful fish, up to 50 inches long. But today’s French Broad is a challenging habitat for muskie.

It used to be that the river would spill over the land, lingering in wetlands or slackwater areas called sloughs. Muskie and other fish would swim into sloughs to rest and spawn.

They’d lay their eggs on plants or woody debris and...

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