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Duluth muskie fishing guide Dustin Carlson (left) helps client Jeff Ness hold a 51-inch muskie that Ness caught on the St. Louis River in 2009. Carlson and some other muskie anglers say that muskie fishing has declined in the past few years on the river and that a lack of stocking is to blame. (Dustin Carlson photo)

Lack of muskie-fishing success sparks debate on St. Louis River

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Five or 10 years ago, muskie guide Pete Brzezinski could take his clients to the St. Louis River and have a good chance of putting them on big muskies.

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“I personally caught 13 over 50 inches off the river in one year (2007),” said Brzezinski, of Superior. “I was averaging 180 to 220 muskies a year.”

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