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According to Musky Hunter Magazine, Lake Kinkaid in Jackson County is among the top ten lakes in North America to fish for muskellung, or muskie for short. Known as the ultimate freshwater game fish, muskies can grow up to 60 inches in length. InFocus travels to Lake Kinkaid to watch the SIUC Fisheries & Illinois Aquaculture Center and fish biologist Shawn Hirst of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) conduct an annual spring survey of the lake's muskie population. After catching and measuring each fish, the group injects the fish with internal PIT (passive integrated transponder) tags and an external floy-tag in their dorsal fins to monitor their health and activity. Muskies are not native to Illinois and don't reproduce successfully in the state's lakes, so the annual survey is beneficial in helping to properly manage these magnificent creatures.
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