A video making the rounds on social media appears to depict a man on the Canadian side of the Detroit River catching and then callously killing a muskie well under the minimum length limit. Dane Alexander, an angler who observed the incident along with a fishing buddy while pursuing muskie themselves, then confronted the alleged muskie killer.
When asked by Alexander why he killed the fish, the other man replied that he “sport [fishes] for fish that they’re killing.” Understandably concerned, Alexander and his companion inform the man that his kill was illegal, and that they’d be informing local wildlife officials of his act. Canadian conservation officers are now investigating.
Watch the video for yourself below. Please be aware that there is some adult language used throughout.
Update 9-11-2014: The Windsor Star has interviewed a man claiming to be the one who killed the muskie in the video, and he’s asking for the collective fishing world’s forgiveness. He claimed it was the first time he ever killed a muskie and threw it back.
The Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources is still investigating.
Update 1-25-2016: The Windsor Star reports that the angler who killed the muskie in this video was fined $1,000 and banned from fishing for two years.
Image from Big Game Musky Fishing on YouTube