Musky America Magazine

good Muskie producing waters there. The Manitou is another example of better producing water. Your best chance of catching a Muskie in both rivers and lakes is near the points. On any given day, you can expect a few Muskie to round the point. Muskie bait fishermen that catch Muskie regularly fish the points because they know that sooner or later a Muskie or two will pass by. Back bay Muskie do very little traveling in both rivers and lakes. They are a separate breed and for some reason become the biggest muskie. These are the fish that become records. School Muskie on the river ran to 20 pounds and once you hooked one, you could catch several by figuring their pattern of travel. We have, on occasion, taken up to 7 Muskies off one school by fishing the right path of travel. Dropping back later and repeating these same waters, two bigger Muskie were caught which proved the bigger ones came later in the school pattern of travel. This doesn’t happen in lake fishing. You catch a Muskie or two then you start hunting for other Muskie water. They don’t come to you like they do in river fishing. It’s easy to catch river Muskie via trolling. You just repeat trolling an area until a school of Muskie move in and then you catch them. You can’t do that in lake fishing. You fish a heck of a lot of water that will, on occasion, have a Muskie; but he doesn’t live there on a regular basis. In lakes, the reefs are the best producing areas because lake Muskie will hunt food along these areas. Trolling around a reef or making big circles arounf one in the middle of a lake will produce Muskie sooner or later. Reefs tend to give up good sized Muskie up to 40 pounds. But you will have a better chance of catching a Muskie over 50 pounds by fishing sunken weed bed or old tree. It’s hard to troll them out of this type of water. If your lure is weedless it become 50%