Springtime musky fishing can offer exciting and explosive action. The early season is one of my favorite times to target muskies in northern Wisconsin. I believe that lake choice is a key factor in having early season success. Typically, what I start looking for are smaller lakes that are no larger than 300-350 acres with a high musky population. The reason being is that smaller lakes usually have an early ice out compared to larger lakes. With an early ice out, smaller lakes warm up faster and get a head start on the musky action.
Each lake has a personality, they are all a little bit different and some shine more than others. I look for small stained lakes with flat dense weed lines, shallow weedy bays, fingers and river mouths. Lakes that have fast growing weeds with the dominant vegetation being tobacco weeds are of particular interest to me. I prefer stained water with tobacco weeds because of the chemistry behind dark colors. Dark colors absorb all wavelengths of visible light and due to the conservation of energy the light is converted into heat warming up the surrounding water. In springtime, muskies are going to be more active in the warmer sections of the lake.
I have built up a good library of these small stained water lakes and have had some incredible days out on them. Last spring, I racked up twenty-seven muskies in less than a week by strictly targeting small stained water lakes with lots of tobacco weeds. Over the upcoming musky season dedicate your time to finding a handful of these types of lakes. It’s a great feeling knowing that you have a few honey holes in your back pocket when the season starts. To all of you reading this I wish everyone a safe and action-packed musky season. Happy musky hunting!
The Musky Guru