Early Season Success Might Just be Surface Deep
Steven Paul

Early Season Success Might Just be Surface Deep

Time and time again you’ve heard musky experts like Joe Bucher, and others talk about the importance of shallow water and the sun’s thermal effect on muskies during the early part the season. Its undeniable that post spawn muskies will seek refuge in “hot spots” like bays and coves that are at times only slightly warmer than the main lake basins. These “hot spot” muskies rarely venture far from the comfort of the shallow bays until a bit later in the season. But catching these shallow water fish can be frustrating as they are often more finicky than fired up.

S Steven Paul
Joe's Favorite Spring Musky Pattern
Joe Bucher

Joe's Favorite Spring Musky Pattern

A number of tactics can work on spring muskies depending upon the region, topography and weather conditions. The pattern presented here is somewhat unique to northern waters for sure. Yet the principles of the solar influence as well as lure choices is apt to work anywhere it is applied.

J Joe Bucher
Double Down on Downsizing for Early Season Muskies
Steven Paul

Double Down on Downsizing for Early Season Muskies

Musky Spring Musky Fishing Rattle traps, small gliders and diminutive bucktails are the proven early season producers that most musky anglers rely on. These down-sized presentations are right on target for the majority of season opener and are well suited to trigger strikes from post-spawn muskies.

S Steven Paul
Keys To Early Season Musky Success
Joe Bucher

Keys To Early Season Musky Success

Early season musky fishing is something that all us, who are musky nuts, can't wait to start doing, yet few us are truly successful at catching fish during this period of time. You've heard all the cliches "It's too early, They're still spawning, The water's too cold, We need some nice weather to get'em going. " The list goes on and on, but for the most part none of it should hinder your ability to catch your favorite fish during the early season. What you do need to know is WHERE the muskies are exactly, and WHAT conditions and lures are going to trigger them to strike.

J Joe Bucher
Maximizing Lipless Cranks During the Early Season
Steven Paul

Maximizing Lipless Cranks During the Early Season

Rat-L-Traps and a variety of other lures that fall into the class of lipless crank baits have been a post spawn staple for savvy muskie anglers for many decades. It is common knowledge that muskies gravitate to smaller presentations during the post spawn period and rattle baits fit this profile to a tee. While rattle lures are relatively simple in their design, a hollow plastic body jam packed with bb’s, their versatility can’t be denied.

S Steven Paul