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Volume 11,  Issue 2 Feb. 2011

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Warm Water Muskies - Night Fishing Pt 1 of 6
by Pete Maina

Muskies are never easy. We hear all kinds of things about what makes them tough to catch Ė and one of them is warm water, dog day summer conditions. But actually, in many ways, summer is my favorite time of year for muskies. Itís often feast or famine; there are so many things to try; it can be very high speed; itís always challenging and fun. And if theyíre not bitiní you can always go swimminí. Allow me to offer a quick 6-pack of solutions that often work for myself and others. To get to six, weíll look at presentations that just might be something new to muskiesí eyes.


Part of the general problem with summer is simply traffic. Itís both angling effort and recreational. While the recreational is actually more aggravating to deal with, it is in reality Ė far less of a factor with regard to angling success than specific muskie angling pressure. Even though night fishing for muskies is nothing new, by far, most of the effort exerted on muskies and prime structures is in daylight hours. During the summer, and especially so on the busier lakes, this is a great way to target muskies and is often much more effective and certainly quieter.

With pressure, eventually some muskies get trained to just avoid prime, shallow structural elements in daylight Ė with the possible exception of excitable weather conditions and a flexing barometer. In steadier weather, they learn they have far fewer bad experiences after dark Ė and they canít see as well. These things work in the anglerís favor.

This isnít rocket science. If there is a misconception about night fishing Ė itís certainly in how to go about it. Many will say topwaters only; or maybe bucktails and slow-moving cranks. Nothing changes really, other than the fact that it will be varying degrees of dark, and headlamps will be needed and spotlights appreciated. Muskies see better than most realize and are pretty efficient night feeders. Any lure types will work, even jerk baits. Trolling will work and not just at a crawl Ė they will react to fast-moving baits too.

Simply seek out the primer structures on the water. These are the ones that are receiving pressure during the day. And thereís a reason they are, as they are good spots. In summer, they are generally much better after dark.

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