In those states that have have muskies, when the Musky season is fast approaching, understanding which baits to use will help you see and catch more fish.
As a general rule of thumb, thing ‘Small in Spring time’. I want you to keep that in mind as you decide which baits you want to use for the fish of 10,000 casts. Smaller lures like size 5 blade bucktails and smaller crankbaits might be your best bet early in the musky season. Bait fish are small this time of year, and they grow larger throughout the season, which is why you might see anglers using very large musky lures in October and November.
A Mepps #5 is always a great lure to use. It doesn’t matter what time of year, but primarily in the spring, it can stand out. If you don’t have a small bucktail of this size, I highly recommend you add one to your tackle box. Another reason that this bait can be very effective is that it doesn’t require much rod movement, like jerks and twitches, which you might be a little rusty at in the beginning of the year. A straight retrieve is easy and will help you get your feel back from last season while you transition into more skilled techniques.
Having a small crankbait, such as a Shallowraider or Magnum Rapala is also a great lure to throw early and often. Muskies are in a feeding mode this time of year and using a minnow style lure could be your best chances at landing your first fish of the year. These lures can be fished in a variety of styles–straight retrieve, twitching, jerking, reel-pause-reel–and can really get some aggressive strikes.
Hopefully by using these tips (lure styles) you can increase your chances on getting that first musky in the net this spring. What will you be throwing for muskies early in the season?
Good luck fish’n
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