If you’re just getting into musky fishing or an angler looking to add a few baits to your box, musky guide Doug Wegner give his top 5 must-have musky baits.

BuckTail/ Cowgirl

This bait has probably caught more muskies than any other lure out there. Bucktails/ Cowgirls come in a wide variety of sizes and colors and can be throw almost anywhere. The work in really shallow water and can also be throw over deep water for suspended fish. They can be fish extremely fast and can also be effective with a slow retrieve.

Overall there are one of the most versatile baits and are a must have for all musky anglers.

bucktail cowgirl

Pull and Pass Style Baits: The Beaver

Pull and pause style baits work great for muskies because they are great for trigger that reactionary strike. The beaver is a newer style bait that has kinda come around over the past few years, but it has quickly become one of my favorites. It can be fish multiple ways but I really like using it with a pull and pause action.

beaver baits

 

Topwater Baits

Topwater baits are one of the most exciting ways to catch muskies. Single prop tail baits are one of the most effective topwater baits out there. They kick out a bunch of water making a lot of noise and really draw in the fish. Topwater baits are probably the most effective bait in shallow cover.

topwater bait

 

Dive and Rise Bait: Suick

 Dive and Rise baits like this Suick have been around forever and are great baits for catching muskies. It is such a good technique for getting these muskies that don’t always want to come out and chase, because they’re not super aggressive.

When you work a Suick you get that slow death rise in the bait you pull it down and the action really triggers those fish.

These baits are best used for picking apart a high percentage spot a spot whether is a weed bed or rock pile.

Suicks just have a really nice action and have been around forever they will catch fish until the end of time.

Suick musky baits

 

Trolling/ Casting Crankbaits

Large crankbaits are a great way to target and catch muskies and trolling with these baits can be super effective because you are able to cover a lot of water.

I really like using these style baits when trying to dissect a new lake. They allow you to move fast and pick a part where these muskies might be hiding.

crankbaits