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How Do You Beat The Heat?

It seems that the whole country is caught in the grip of high temperatures that are playing havoc with catching our elusive quarry. The sun has raised water temperatures into the mid-80 degree range on many bodies of water, especially those that are stained or turbid...More

Secret Lures Of The Chippewa Flowage

Wisconsin’s Chippewa Flowage has a reputation as a tough body of Musky water. It’s 15,300 acres of water that are punctuated with islands and floating bogs, along with water of varying turbidity, present the Musky angler with a formidable puzzle for success on the water. Over the years, some lures have shown themselves to be consistent producers. Black bucktails with a green blade, Globes, Suicks and creepers have a very good success rate on the Chippewa Flowage...More

Some Fishing Tips

Every fishing season we learn new tricks to improve and increase our enjoyment and hopefully our catch. Talking to people at sports shows, at my seminars, and in the course of a fishing day, I hear many interesting and informative fishing tips. The following are just a few of the fishing tips I feel are worthy of passing along...More

The Bait Casting Reel

The Bait casting reel is the weapon of choice for most Muskie and Northern Pike Anglers. The Abu Garcia reel line is probably the most reels used because of its moderate price and product support, however many anglers elect to use the higher priced Shimano and Penn reels. In this reel review, you will find write ups on the Calcutta 400D, a variety of Abu Garcia Reels and the Penn 965/...More

The RIGHT Time…The RIGHT Place

Weather is, by far, one of the most important factors to consider when you are on the hunt for Musky. Another important factor is history…I don’t mean what you learned in school but the history on the water you fish regularly. Keeping some kind of log or record of when fish were caught, the lure used, and the prevailing weather at the time can be an invaluable tool to success on the water...More

Making Sure Your Drag Works

Probably the most important tool of Musky fishing is your reel and the most important function of your reel is the drag system. When you are in the heat of a confrontation with a Musky, you must be able to “play” the fish. That means that you must be able to give it line to prevent straightening a hook and keep pressure on the Musky to prevent it from throwing a hook. Your reel’s drag system is an indispensible element to successfully boating a Musky...More

Musky Fishing's Forgotten Surface Lure

In this day of noisy topwater lures, the subtle action of Topper-style baits could be the ticket to Musky success but few fishermen use them. The term "Topper" can be considered a generic, more contemporary name used to refer to any one of a family of torpedo-shaped artificial surface Musky lures which began to be manufactured shortly after the turn of the century. Although they've endured more than 90 years of subtle body shape changes, numerous name changes, and an incomprehensible number of savage Musky strikes, these Toppers, for all their celebrated successes, have grown to become largely ignored Musky surface baits...More


It doesn't take much of a cold front to turn Muskie off. Actually, a cold front is a double sided sword. As the cold front approaches and the weather becomes unstable, Muskie tend to put the feed bag on. If weather is coupled with favorable moon conditions, the lucky Muskie angler can really tap into some great fishing...More

Slop Musky On Plastics

Early season Musky success is often measured by the number of fish following lures 6-8 feet behind. With short hits common and cold water temps still keeping fish lethargic, fishing can be fruitless without a system. On my daily occupational drive there is plenty of time to review mental notes of the prior weekend's fishing experiences. For example, recently I recalled a strange early season incident on a lake I had guided on for seven years. While fishing a favorite spring bay I heard and then saw frequent large swirls and surface turbulence along the shoreline. The commotion was coming from several Muskies devouring frogs in 1-3 foot depths. Motoring further along this shoreline revealed more "frog feeding" Musky...More

The Quest For A Weedless Musky Lure

Throughout the Musky season, weeds are an unavoidable consideration when fishing for our Musky friend. In the early Spring, we are searching for emerging weeds and as the season progresses we are seeking methods to fish close to the weed edges...More


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