Musky & Pike

Bucktail Jig


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.

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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.

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James Lindner - Big Canadian Pike

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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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!

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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.

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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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Pike have a set of Y Bones that causes anglers to avoid cleaning and cooking them. Here’s a quick and easy way to remove Y Bones for delicious bone-free pike fillets.

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