As the fishing season is winding down in the North Woods and people turn their attentions to hunting and warm fires, remember to take all of that fantastic gear you bought and store it right! Throwing your pole in the garage is a thing of the past when a nice super reel and rod might cost hundreds of dollars. We need to take the time to winterize our treasured sidearm and keep it in pristine condition for years to come. Here are some inside scoops on preserving your rod and reel with some tips from the Musky Shop!
Late one afternoon into my third day with no muskies boated and almost no fish action of any kind, a small pike suddenly pounced on my lipless JB Rattler lipless crankbait. Then another one hit, and then another. Baitfish started breaking the surface too near sunbaked shallow spots out of the big blow. I could sense something had definitely changed and a small window of opportunity was beginning to open up. Not surprisingly, small pike are often the first to respond when a bite is about to occur, and I was hopeful a musky strike was possible.
To unravel the techniques needed to fish in pre and post frontal conditions, you really need to understand the dynamics of what is taking place below the surface of the water. Muskies, as most fish in the lake, carry around a swim bladder to keep their pressure regulated in a 3-D water filled space. They don’t have their feet planted heavily on the ground like people, so the swim bladder helps dictate their position and comfort in the water column.
In musky fishing, October can be the light at the end of the tunnel or the bane of your very existence. For some anglers, a lifetime of knowledge isn’t even enough to guide them through the woes of finding a pattern in October. October can mean so many different things to many different anglers, depending on their relative location to the North or middle of the US as well as the type of waterways they fish. Regardless of where you are located on the map, October is usually a time of transition, so maybe a little information will go a long way to explaining what on earth are Muskies looking for this month.
The transition from Summer to Fall can be a confusing time in Musky Fishing especially in colder climates where the transition is quite dramatic. When the fall transition is taking place in the air and landscape around you, imagine the same is taking place subsurface. Fall brings cooler water temps, dying vegetation, lake turnover, and a whole host of changes for underwater habitats. This extreme change can be encompassed into our "Fall Transition".
After the kids go back to school and the summer days start to shorten, for most musky anglers there’s only one thing on the brain, “September Transition”. If you are new to angling in the Northern parts of the US, the muskies in these lakes can tell time like no other, and the eons of instinct start to make these massive fish move. September is a special time on the lakes when the work becomes a little easier and the strikes become a little more vicious.