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WHERE DO THE MUSKY GO?
Craig Sandell 20
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During the course of the Muskie season, the weather can be your Muskie fishing partner or your enemy.

The 1995 Muskie season showed us that when the weather does not cooperate the Muskie fishing will go into the toilet.

Aside from rapid swings in barometric pressure, a rapidly moving cold front has probably the greatest effect upon Muskie activity.

Front MovementsIt 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. However, once the cold front comes through, things tend to change.

The colder weather tends to put a stop to the insect hatches that bring forage fish into the shallows. As the forage fish move into deeper water, the Muskie will either follow the food or take up ambush positions in weedy cover waiting for the return of an easy meal. The Muskie depicted in RED represent their positions prior to the cold front while the BLUE Muskie are shown in their likely positions after the cold front comes through and the wind shifts to a Northwesterly flow.

Don't be discouraged….there are some things you can do to better your chances during this slack period. There are NO guarantees but you can try:

  • Fish hard from late afternoon to early evening when the water temperature is highest !

  • Cast your lures as close to cover as you can…You need to trigger these fish !

  • Fish 5 to 10 feet deeper than normal to overcome those Blue Bird Skies !

  • Frequent your most productive Muskie spots; Don't explore !

  • Use Slightly smaller lures and/or slow your presentation !

In Muskie fishing there are no sure things, however, if you use your knowledge of the water that you are fishing and combine it with knowing where Muskie are likely to be; you have a better chance at success.