Fishing modest-sized lures on heavy bass tackle reduces the physical demands of musky fishing. Anyone can catch fish with properly balanced equipment and tackle.
Topwater lures move slowly across the surface, kicking up a ruckus that attracts and infuriates a musky. They allow big fish plenty of time to zero in on, follow and eventually strike the bait.
Once early-summer water temperatures in the shallows reach about 70 F, big pike seem to disappear. In effect, they head to deeper, cooler water, suspending above or inside summer thermoclines, lying across basins, or shifting toward areas where cool-water springs enter a lake. Warmer temperatures just plain stress them out, and fish exceeding 10 pounds [Read more…]
Big pike often move to deep, cool water in summer, periodically making shallow feeding forays onto windswept rock structures meeting the main basin. Cast or troll large crankbaits or jigs for summer success.
To find muskies, first zero in on the best seasonal habitat. Then check a variety of structure and cover options–points, humps, islands, weeds, wood, rock– until you see fish and determine which is best.
Flatline trolling covers water efficiently and enables high-speed triggering tactics for muskies. Match your lure style to the depth, cover, water temperature and mood of the fish.
Much has been said recently about the overall decrease in the size of northern pike throughout Minnesota in the past 20 years. To combat this trend, the Minnesota DNR is proposing innovative management strategies designed to reduce the numbers of “hammer handle” northerns in many waters, while simultaneously limiting the harvest of larger pike. The [Read more…]
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