Muskie Fishing Tips – How To Catch Muskie
Muskies are a prized fish. It’s been said that it takes 10,000 casts before you hook a musky. It shouldn’t take you that long when you use the proper methods and techniques. If you want action, choose lakes with good populations, but you may have to settle for smaller fish.
There are more tips and secrets to catching more muskie. Here is a collection of some of those musky fishing tips. Please browse around and enjoy our muskie fishing tips.
- You need strong baits. Most muskie lures are made pretty decent. Some are better than others. Believers, Pikie Minnows, and Swim Wizz’s are all popular hard plastic lures that catch fish and don’t self destruct.
- Trolling works well for muskies as you can cover a large area and still keep the bait in the musky’s line of sight.
- Tie on a bucktail and throw into an area of rocks or a weed bed in a lake where you know there is a high musky population.
- Statistics show that a vast majority of big muskies are caught in the fall and particularly November.
- Using a high quality fishing line is just as important for musky fishing success as are quality rods and reels, sharp hooks, and lures.
- Use 7- to 7-1/2 foot medium heavy casting rods with baitcasting reels spooled with 20- to 25-pound line. Don’t forget a single strand wire leader of 80- to 100-pound test. Use high-quality ball bearing snap swivels.
- Replace standard hooks with 1/0, 2/0 or even 3/0 on the smaller baits. Muskies often straighten standard hooks from sheer power. Keep hooks razor sharp.
- Bucktails and spinnerbaits are the prime source of muskie catches in the early fall.
- Figure-8’s are another important piece of the puzzle. Do them after every cast, until it becomes routine. Reel your lure close to the boat, hit free spool and place your thumb on the spool for control. Then make a figure-8 shape or large oval, and if a fish strikes, hammer the hooks home and let the fish swim away from the boat, all the while keeping tension on the spool.
- Vary retrieve speed when casting, but slow often seems best. With bucktails, that means just fast enough to turn the blade.
- Focus on shallow areas 2- to 6-feet deep featuring rocks and/or weedbeds indicating a mix of hard and soft bottoms.
- Crankbaits are the most difficult of the lures to work in the weeds. You must be able to feel the lure as it touches the weeds, then give it some slack line so it floats up and away from them, this stop-and-go, dive-and-rise retrieve produces a very erratic action which is deadly for stubborn muskies.
- Use bucktails on weeds. Lots of people make the mistake of only fishing the deeper side of the beds. Never ignore the shallow side.