Try Deeper Water For Muskies
As a musky fisherman, it is engrained in our brains to think shallow and find structure. This is almost always a great approach to finding muskies, bass, panfish, walleyes, pike. But you should also consider the deeper water off of these areas.
The typical spots in shallow water are often pressured very hard by other musky fisherman and the fish can get conditioned to seeing lures on a daily basis. A great alternative to this approach is trying the deeper water off these areas that you don’t see fisherman trying. Muskies will often be out in the open water cruising around looking for a meal, which means you can find aggressive fish.
Use your electronics to look for baitfish that muskies will be feeding on, and when you do find them, work the area by trolling or casting. Take note of how deep the baitfish are and use lures that will dive to that depth or shallower. Muskies can swim very fast for short distances and will not hesitate coming up 10-20 feet for a meal. I would recommend using a lure that ‘matches the hatch’ (looks like the baitfish swimming below).
You might suprise yourself when hooking up with a deep water musky because you are so in-tuned to looking for follows. Deep water fish will hit hard you and you will know it. Next time you are out musky fishing, give this a shot and let me know if it opens up many new fishing spots you never thought existed.
SonarFish Tip – Bulldawg’s, Depth Raiders and Triple D’s are great lures to try for open water fishing. Mix up your retrieve with pauses, jerks, and twitches to trigger the strike from a musky.
Good luck fish’n
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My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.