There are three requirements for growing a true giant: good genetics, great forage, and wide-open spaces. While muskies that possess prime genetics always grow faster and larger in any fishery, a massive and diverse forage base is needed for a muskie to reach it’s full potential. The biggest muskies come from huge waters in the northern regions, where muskellunge grow slower but live longer. Even though this could be considered un-PC in today’s age, we must also be gender-specific: females grow larger and carry eggs, which means they weigh more. If the ultimate goal is to catch the largest muskie possible, you want to fish in late-fall, and catch a big female carrying eggs, immediately after she’s eaten a hearty meal. If you’re able to do that on the waters I’ve listed below, it’s possible that old Ethel could be pushing 60 pounds.