I've caught 5 muskies so far. 3 were babies that looked great. 1 over 40" had mostly smaller sores on one side. Bish caught a muskie over 40" that had larger sores on it's back. I got bit off by a muskie while he fought this one about the same size that looked clean.
My wife and I each lost one at the boat this morning. Didn't get a good enough look at them though.
Mine was 40+ inches. I couldn't see any sores but it didn't fight the way I expected for a Musky of that size. It did manage to cut me off with his teeth. I hope he does ok with my spinner bait in his mouth. I hate the thought of permanently damaging such an awesome fish.
My wife's fish was much smaller and through her bait at the boat. So it definitely live to fight another day.
I think I have to quit this Bass thing and start to target Muskie's with the appropriate gear. My last two outings have produced nice Muskie on accident. No telling what I'd catch if I tried.
Had 5 so far this year. Caught a 45" on 6/30 that had several sores. A 46" on 7/5 that was pretty clean, but one sore on top. The smaller fish (36"-41") were clean and healthy although several fish had lampreys. Spotted a mid-40's fish in a weedbed today (7/6) with at least 3 lampreys attached.