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The 2017 Chicago Musky Show Follow-up

I attended all 3 days of the Chicago Musky Show in the new venue at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL. I predicted that the new venue would be less than convenient due to its location in St. Charles, IL…I was correct in that prediction...More

When You Remove The Hype All That’s Left Is The Truth

Recently, there has been a lot of hype surrounding Muskie angling and it bears recognizing that Musky Hunter Magazine (MHM) has only contributed to the problem by refusing to speak out against the issues and practices that threaten the health of our Musky fisheries, like Winter Spearing, as well as the Musky politics that diminish the credibility of our sport...More

Epitaph For Once Great Wisconsin Fisheries

There was a time when the lakes of Vilas and Oneida Counties were "The Destination" for Musky and Walleye fishermen. There was a time when there were many bait shops along Hwy 51 and the towns of Minocqua and Arbor Vitae were awash with tourists who pumped their vacation dollars into the local economy. There was a time when The Lac Du Flambeau tribe recognized that tourism dollars helped to feed tribal members, so they refrained from excessive spring and winter spearing...More

The Rogue's Gallery

Keeping That Musky Boat Dry

Among the last thing that gets an opportunity to disappoint you is your bilge pump. You usually find out after the first good rain when you go down to the dock and find your boat looking like the shallow end of a swimming pool. I don’t know why a pump that was perfectly good last season has lapsed into non-activity, but is happens...More

Tackling Your Tackle

You also have probably discovered that you don’t really have enough room in your boat for all of your tackle without having a cluttered boat. There is also the problem of keeping large lures with multiple treble hooks separate from each other and thereby preventing lure entanglement...More

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE SURFACE LURES?

Too many Musky anglers under estimate the effectiveness of surface lures and, all too often, are found possessing only a spattering of token surface baits in their tackle boxes - lures which commonly collect more dust than teeth marks. Contrary to what some anglers may think, surface bait fishing for Musky is not solely restricted to just the shallow, darker water, lakes and flowages, nor is it a thing of the past...More

Touching Up The Wood

The traditional Muskie angler loves his/her wooden lures. Many Muskie anglers will tell you that the wood provides the lure with the type of action that plastic or composite lures cannot match. I will not debate the issue here. In this article I will provide some suggestions for conditioning your wooden lures so that they remain effective...More

When Natures Calls, Muskies Don’t Care

The high water during the winter and the early ice out gave rise to an explosion of weeds making fishing very tough. The weather was stuck in a pattern of alternating warm and cold fronts that kept the water cooler than normal and the skies persistently weeping with heavy rain. We were looking for a pattern but the pattern we found was ‘No Pattern’. More so than most years, Muskie fishing was the luck of the draw...More

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