Muskellunge Management: Fifty Years of Cooperation Among Anglers, Scientists, and Fisheries Biologists



It began again at the 2005 Ed Crossman Muskellunge symposium. Steve Budnik, past president of Muskies, Inc., Steve Pallo, Illinois Department of Natural Resources biologist, and I, then president of Muskies, Inc., discussed what a priority (and natural fit) it was to have Muskies, Inc. not only host the next symposium, but also ensure that similar efforts continue for many years into the future. After a few libations and a hook or two, the core of the next symposium seering committee was formed and the long journey began. Over the course of the next 11 years, along with the assistance of Peter Levick and our neighbors in Muskies, Canada Inc., a plan took shape that would continue this legacy of support and cooperation with Muskellunge biologists and researchers throughout North America.