Musky America Magazine

Remember, you can fish prime locations all day long but if the fishery is only supporting 1 fish per 9 acres of water, your chances are far less that if the fishery is supporting 1 fish per six – nine tenths (.6 - .9 ) of an acre of water. Here again, the key is knowing the water you are fishing. There is no substitute for some research, a good lake map, some knowledgeable advice and, of course, some luck. The illustration shown here should provide some perspective on what to look for as you pound over a lake map in preparation for your Muskie adventure. Notice that everything starts with the main river channel. Such channels in flowages or natural lakes are a kin to highways upon which all fish travel, including Muskie. Add to that highway the presence of islands and shorelines, varying contours and a sub-surface stump field and you have a truly high percentage spot (lots of character). You could fish this spot for a good hour or two using ‘double hover’ techniques and bouncing from the stump field to the shorelines and always be in water with excellent Muskie potential. You could fish this type of location at almost any time of day, in any weather using any lure in which you have confidence. The 41-inch Muskie shown here was caught on a spot like this in early evening using a bucktail cast from the stump field toward deep water. This type of location is also a perfect "on the way"…that is to say, if you are passing by on your way to another spot, it wouldn’t hurt to do a quick wind drift from deep-to-shallow-to-deep.