Musky America Magazine

Also, inlet areas often attract spring Musky, especially if the inlet dumps into one of these shallow spawning bays (as in area A figure 1). After spawning, Musky will remain in these bays for a period of time to recuperate. Look for them to hold either around clumps of newly emerging weeds, or stumps, logs, and brush. Areas that have more shallow water with direct sun exposure on the north or northwest side and less current warm faster producing better weed cover and potential forage. As water temperatures reach the mid to upper 60's, which can be quite early in flowages, look for many Muskies to move out into the closest deep water. Adjacent structure that has cover and forage will be most productive. These deeper areas are usually in the mouth of a bay (area C figure 1) or out into the lake itself (area D figure 1). Keep in mind that regardless of whether Musky are shallow or deep on these areas, they will still be close to spawning areas. KEEP IT SLOW AND TIGHT TO COVER Slow is usually the key word when fishing shallow water for early season Musky as they are often not real aggressive. A slower presentation will give these less aggressive fish a better shot at your lure. Stick-type minnow baits work well when twitched near the surface around weeds or wood. Floating jerkbaits will also produce. Many fishermen overlook topwater lures at this time of