Musky America Magazine

By Craig Sandell © 2010 Night fishing for Musky is probably one of the most exciting and harrowing activities untaken by Musky anglers and it is amplified even further when it is done on a body of water that has limited commercial development and a wide expanse of water like the Chippewa Flowage. Once the season gets underway, something called a ‘night bite’ tends to develop. Night bite usually starts as the setting sun begins to tickle the treetops and may go on until the sun rises. You won’t find many Musky anglers out on the water once the blackness of a moonless night turns the Chippewa Flowage into a world of shadows. Only those anglers who have mastered the art of pitch-black navigation will dare to venture out to confront the night and hunt for Musky. The night hunt takes on a unique twist when the night angler is by himself. The solitary night Musky angler finds him or herself pitching their lure into the gloom over water and near structure that can only be seen in the mind’s eye. There is with each cast the excitement that comes with the potential of a night strike and the apprehension of having to fight a toothy critter without the advantage of good vision. More so than at any other time, a Musky angler fishing at night is doing so on the Musky’s terms. So it was for me that late June evening as I left the bar at Indian Trail Resort at 12:30 am and headed for my boat for a night excursion.