Muskie coloration or "phase" question.

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Muskie coloration or "phase" question.

Postby creekychub » Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:14 am

Larry,

I was wondering if you had any insight on a muskie's coloration or "phase" as I've heard it called (whether they're clear, spotted, or barred). Is it random genetic variation? or is it influenced by habitat or diet? Also, can a muskie change coloration, say from barred to clear over their lifetime? Or if they're born with a coloration their stuck with it the rest of their life.

I only have access to stocked muskies here in Nebraska, but I've seen all three phases caught.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Muskie coloration or "phase" question.

Postby dahlberg » Thu Mar 31, 2016 11:17 pm

Actually, there are several strains of muskies and each has it's own unique look. They vary a little within each strain, but not a great deal. Often very small fish will have more vivid markings.
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