Muskie School Exam: your opinions requested
As a result, you might be better off keeping things a bit more straightforward and easily accessible. Spawning temp range is a bit less subjective. A question on naming a set number of genetic strains could work since that information has been covered ad nauseum the past decade. Physiological differences between pike and muskies, specifically the number of pores on the lower jaw, can be more direct., etc., etc..
As instructors writing a quiz/exam it's in your best interest to lock the accuracy of questions down as much as possible in order to avoid subjectivity. I've attended seminars where certain things are used to paint broad brush strokes....specifically the growth rate bit. The presenter held tight to the notion that growth rates are comparable at the same latitude regardless of the size and type of water...rivers, deep shield lakes, shallow panfish forage based lakes, age of the fishery, didn't matter, growth rates were the same. We simply know this isn't the case yet he kept driving it home. He went from someone I felt was really sharp on the subject to someone who lost a ton of credibility. You don't want to expose yourself to a loss of credibility by asking poorly written questions. On the other hand, those subjective questions could prove to be valuable when mining for opinions on management issues.
(1) During what month do musky typically spawn? What water temperature range do they spawn in? (2) What kind of lake areas do musky spawn in? (3) In general, what is the top forage item for musky? The second forage item? (4) In general, what percentage of the musky diet is represented by these top two forage items? (5) On average, how many years does it take a musky to reach 30, 40, and 50 inches in length? (6) What are the benefits of increasing the minimum size limit for harvesting a legal musky? (7) Most musky anglers think that holding a musky vertically and/or laying a fish down on a carpeted boat surface are dangerous for the musky. Explain why.
There are countless questions you could ask. The ones above are the first ones that came to mind when I read your question.
Have a mixture of question formats, too. Have some short answer, some true/false, some fill-in-the-blank, some multiple choice, etc. Short answer are the best since they require the most knowledge. It also reveals why they're wrong since they have to write down the answer. That kind of information is just as valuable.