The date was August 22, 2004. when Fred Lang of Cape Vincent N.Y. was out by himself for a leisure day of fishing. He was using down riggers to troll. One was set at a depth of 30 feet.The second one was set at a depth of 45 feet. He was trolling a silver and green jointed 4 and half inch Bomber Long A Minnow. He was using twelve pound test Cortland Flea Flicker Trolling Line with no leader.
Fred was fishing in the area just off Grenadier Island in Lake Ontario. Much to his surprise a very large muskellunge expressed a certain degree of interest in his lure and it's presentation. After a lengthy and exciting battle Fred was able to land the big Muskellunge. It weighed an amazing 46 pounds and was 60 inches long. This was certainly a trophy fish and Fred is having the fish mounted. It is currently at the taxidermist in Alexandria Bay.
Two seperate strains of muskellunge can be found in New York States waters. The St. Lawrence strain is found in the St. Lawrence River and it's tributaries. They may also be found in Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. The Ohio strain occurs in Chatauqua Lake and the Allegheny River. The New York State record was of the St. Lawrence strain and it weighed in at an incredible 69 pound 15 ounces. This fantastic specimen was caught from the St. Lawrence River by Arthur Lawton in 1957.