5 Muskie Fishing Tips

Use these 5 muskie fishing tips to improve your muskie fishing results. Though everyone has their own method of fishing that they naturally swear by, it never hurts to use someone else's tried and true experiences. Ask any fishermen you know and they are likely to tell you that sometimes it's the simplest thing that makes a difference in the results they get from fishing. Since muskie are such an aggressive breed of fish, they happen to offer avid fishermen a wealth of opportunities to have some fishing stories that actually happened. Try one or all of these 5 muskie fishing tips to develop some muskie bragging rights of your own!

  1. Speed. Muskie are aggressive fish. It makes sense that they have an eye out for any quick movements so they can hurry up and snag a treat before any of the other muskie get to it. Focus on speed on retrieval so that the muskie can see  the movement. This is really a primal trick. The faster the movement, the healthier the treat, the better the taste. This muskie fishing tip is really a no-brainer!
  2. Tap. If the lure is on the bottom, it's a great idea to perform a tapping movement with the pole. This makes the  lure move around on the bottom. As muskie fishing tips go, this is just another one of those that is really about common sense. In the first place, muskie who are bottom feeding are more likely to go after something that is moving since it will catch the muskie's attention.
  3. Big lures. When you are fishing for muskie on open waters, it's best to use a larger lure. There's a lot of room in that water and plenty of things to catch the attention of the muskie. Use this muskie fishing tip to make sure that your lure is what the muskie pays attention to.
  4. Small lures. If you're fishing in the weeds, make sure to use a small lure. The muskie are looking for something moving around in the weeds at this point, so they really have an eye for detail. A large lure is not only going to look odd to the muskie, it's also likely to get hung up on the weeds and maybe even end up pulling a few out. There's nothing like a weed being ripped out of the muskie's environment to let them know that this might not be a safe place to hang out! 
  5. Black steel. Most muskie fishermen know to use a steel leader,  but did you ever think about the color of the leader? Black steel is always best because it's not likely to reflect the sunlight and warn the muskie that something "fishy" may be going on.

Resources:

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

 

 

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