Muskie Fishing Tips & Articles

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Musky fishing tips articles, video tips and muskie fishing techniques in helping you catch more Muskies:


Gain Experience on Fall Musky Training Grounds

Fall is considered by musky fisherman as the time for trophy fish. Large female muskies putting on the feedbag to sustain their developing egg mass are on the prowl, hunting suckers, ciscoes and whitefish. If you hope to catch a musky that’s truly heavy for its length, fall is the time to do it. However,…

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Fall Esox

I am often asked while guiding what my favorite time of year is to fish muskies. My reply is simple, whenever and however. A lot of musky fishermen have a built in response to this question. Fall. They figure that this is the only time to get a chance a real big fish. Sure, muskies…

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Fall Down South….. A look at Southern Reservoirs from Shore to Shore

The leaves are changing and the air is starting to cool. The days of jet skiers and sunbathers are coming to an end with the shorter days bringing the cooler water temperatures. This is the official end of summer and the beginning of fall musky fishing. This is the time of year that many musky…

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Roaming the Northwoods for Musky

Roaming the Northwoods for Musky with a “Shallow Southern Approach” As fortunate as I really don’t want to sound, I have the muskie dream life. Without overly boosting, fate has left me fishing the best of both muskie worlds, a combination of the great southern reservoirs in Kentucky and the famed glacier made waters of…

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Drawdown Muskies

“Lakes with severe water level changes, such as those experiencing a drawdown, present problems for the muskie angler. Here’s a few ways to cope with water level fluctuations any time of the year.” Whether intended for flood control, electrical generation, or both, sharp, sudden changes in water levels are common occurrences at many reservoirs. Naturally,…

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Night Shift for Muskies

“Big Muskies After Dark” After a guiding career that dates back well over fifteen years I now find myself working somewhat a swing shift. Like many other occupations guiding for muskies successfully means working long unusual hours. During the past few years while guiding summers in the northern muskie range I find myself regularly spending…

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Bucktails for Muskies

There’s little question why bucktails are the most popular style of musky lure. Bucktails can be fished fast or slow, in clear water or dark, shallow or deep, from season’s start to end. Their spinning blade and wiggling tail seem to hold a special fascination for muskies, and when the moment of truth comes and…

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“Late Summer Power Buzzbaiting”

In my years of guiding I have found one of the toughest times to consistently boat muskies is during the late summer to fall transition period. With summer ending, daylight hours shorten, thus water temperatures start to drop slightly. This drop in temperature causes large schools of shad to move toward the surface creating a…

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Trolling 101

During the off season many of the questions I am asked at sport shows and seminars pertain to trolling. I know many of our Wisconsin friends can not troll due to local regulations and there exists a legion of musky hunters who believe trolling is sacrilegious. If you don’t have severe pain at the end…

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“Take to the Road for Muskies” Utilizing manmade structure for consistent production

What once were passageways for horse drawn machinery and motorized vehicles have now become an underwater super highway, a seasonal travel route for most all species of fish. Whether asphalt, gravel or dirt these underwater roads seem to be one of the most overlooked types of structure for most muskie anglers. These roadbeds are one…

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