Musky & Pike

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Muskies routinely follow lures and turn away at the last second, frustrating anglers. Executing a boatside “figure 8” maneuver excites fish and makes them strike.

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“Snaketrolling” Tandem Spinnerbaits for Big Pike and Musky

Photo by Bill Lindner   Snaketrolling? Anglers might assume that means trolling for northern pike, often referred to as “snakes” due to their long, lean, sinewy bodies that coil before striking. Following that logic, muskies, being even larger, might be nicknamed anacondas or pythons…   While the term “snaketrolling” could simply refer to trolling for [Read more…]

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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.

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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.

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Fishing the Comfort Zone of Deep Summer Pike

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…]

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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.

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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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