Musky America Magazine

How Many Musky Anglers Are There Really? While attending Muskie shows, one might think that there are Musky anglers everywhere...that is also the opinion of Muskies, Inc. and the Wisconsin DNR. Before you read on further, let me say that I have the greatest respect for the work that Muskies, Inc. has done and continues to do to promote the sport of Muskie angling and the hard work of many in the WDNR. That being said, I have to take exception to the pronouncement by Muskies, Inc. that there are over 400,000 Muskie anglers and by the WDNR citing 480,000 Musky anglers. The pronouncement from Muskies, Inc. was part of a letter sent out to the Muskies, Inc. membership and the WDNR pronouncement was included in a "Good News" paper from the WDNR. I do not know how Muskies, Inc. came up with that number and, if you ask them, they can provide no specifics regarding certified statistical polling. The WDNR provided no certified statistics to support their claim. Since there is no legitimate polling, the 400,000/480,000 numbers can only be an unsubstantiated estimate. Here is the estimate that I come up with: Musky Hunter Magazine claims a subscription list of around 12,000 (Not their distribution number) and Muskies, Inc has a membership of around 7,000...surely, many folks are duplicated on both magazine lists...but for the purpose of discussion let’s assume that there are no list duplicates and assign a number of 20,000 Musky anglers for the two publications. Recognizing that that cannot be everyone, let’s say that there are another 10,000 Musky anglers that do not subscribe to either publication...that puts us at 30,000 Musky anglers. This number could be let’s bump the number by another 5,000 just to pick up those groups of closet hard core Musky anglers...that brings us to 35,000 ...that is a far cry from 400,000 or 480,000. I guess that if you wanted to consider the guy who goes fishing for some other species of fish and catches a Musky by accident, that would artificially bump the total number up but that is "reaching".