The fact is that you cannot expect to catch musk species in large numbers or even every time you go fishing. But those who know how to catch musk score pretty well, with musk fishing being particularly productive in the fall. Successful musk fishing requires discipline, dedication, patience and many hours on the water. This beginner’s guide to musk fishing will help you get started.
What Muskies Eat
Muskies are an apex predator and will eat a wide variety of fish, many of which are quite large. Their staple foods include yellow perch, suckers, golden glimmers, and pikeperch with black bass and many other fish on the menu.
Heavy equipment is the norm. A stiff and relatively short rod is standard with at least 25 to 40 pounds of line, although many die-hard musk anglers use thin-diameter microfilament lines, 50 to 80 pounds. It is difficult to get the hook well into a large musk, so multiple hooks and a low-stretch line can be beneficial. A wire conductor, typically 12 to 24 inches long, is also used.
Top producing bait
Popular musk baits include large jigs, jerkbaits, surface plugs, bucktail spinners, and some dip plugs. Bucktails and jerkbaits are particularly preferred for casting, as are large topwater baits. These work particularly well over the top of the submerged cover and along the edges of the flat submerged cover. Black is the top producer.
Large, shallow-running minnow-style plugs are also effective, especially around the edges of weeds and sometimes over deeply submerged vegetation.
Dip plugs can be poured as well as trolled. Popular colors include perch, zander, bass, and musk patterns, as well as black, black and white, chartreuse, silver, and black and yellow
A brief introduction to musk fishing for beginners may not cover all of the techniques. So let’s highlight the most important things you should know:
- Casting and trolling are both effective, although trolling may not be allowed in some waters.
- Pouring is usually done over very specific areas and types of cover. When using large baits, combined with a sturdy rod and reel, this can be very challenging.
- Troll baits are fished on fairly short lines; Since musk species are rarely deterred by boat noise, some are caught directly in the propeller wash.
- A disadvantage of trolling is that trollers will not see any fish that might follow their bait, as musk species will chase a lure straight to the boat and occasionally strike the boat.
- This following tendency shows an angler where a fish is located. Good musk anglers remember all the places they have caught and seen fish in their favorite waters, so visit these places regularly.
- Most species of musk are caught less than 30 feet deep, often from 15 to 25 feet. Sometimes they are much flatter. Most reels attract fish at a depth of 5 to 15 feet, while trollers typically catch them at a depth of 8 to 30 feet.
Where to find muskies
In many lakes, musk species tend to be in a general area and often stop in or near thick weed beds waiting for prey. The best places to fish are the underwater area, where weeds end and deep water begins (called the fault line), and irregular contour features.
A long underwater slope near deep water, especially if it breaks sharply at 20 or 25 feet, is also a top location. Even better if there is heavy vegetation or rock piles on the breaklines nearby. Shallows, submerged islands and bars are also good.
In rivers, notice how the stream washes around the structure or cover. A good place is a point or school that is washed by strong currents. Another is one where two rivers converge. Don’t ignore swirls, slicks and current edges.
Musk fishing in the fall is likely to be more productive as these fish put the food bag on before winter.