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Wily, Toothy Adversary Lurks Deep in Buffalo Harbor

By Matt Higgins, New York Times

Before sunrise on a cold Saturday, Marc Arena, his fishing partner Rod Ballard and a half-dozen other anglers launched their boats onto Lake Erie. Wearing wool caps and bundled in thick parkas and overalls, they would spend the day trolling Buffalo Harbor and its network of shipping channels, gliding past abandoned grain elevators and a decaying steel plant.

The absinthe-colored waters here offered good conditions for catching muskellunge, or muskie, the largest freshwater game fish in New York. Now can be an especially good time to land the really big ones â€â€

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