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…]
Bigger is not always better! Early-season muskies prefer smaller profile lures to real mouthfuls. Use small straight-shaft spinners to efficiently cover water, locate fish and make them strike!
Two location patterns dominate musky fishing in spring. In lakes with cold-water baitfish like ciscoes, muskies often suspend in open water. In waters lacking suspended baitfish, muskies often relate to cover and forage on shallow flats.
In spring, slow-rolling a spinnerbait through shallow bays and across developing weed flats produces the biggest pike in the lake.
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