I wake up a giant: if you can find the proper lake early springtime

Published: 08th May 2020
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My buddy Mike was not having a great time. In Mike's believing, this was entirely from the plan of the day. Having no prior experience with the lake that was new, I made a decision to start fishing off a small point near a shallow bay. While Mike fired the initial cast I deployed the trolling motor. He twitched his bait once and immediately yelled, "I got one!"A minute or so afterwards, I swung the net under Mike's muskie--and suddenly all was right in his world. Soon I got in on the fun, and before nightfall we caught and released eight more muskies. Springtime muskies are not deep and their customs are foreseeable. And in relation to numbers of fish captured, lots of my best days have happened subsequently. To locate spring muskies, find warm water, cover, and baitfish. Since muskies are cold-blooded, the warmer the water, the more they will want to eat. Consequently, a water temperature gauge is a vital piece of equipment. The classic early-season muskie area is a shallow bay protected from colder main-lake waters by islands or points, but with deep water access nearby. Heat is absorbed by the shallows in the sunshine, because they receive the most direct sunshine as well as the best areas are observed around the north side of the lake. An incoming stream will add warmer water, and its own current will even attract muskies. A spot like this can be exactly where muskies spawn once water temperatures reach the magical 52- to 62-degree mark. Spawning muskies are almost impossible to get, but they often feed heavily before and after the spawn. And even though you see muskies that are paired, it is possible to usually still find competitive fish because they do not all spawn at the same time. Since they want warm water, also, for feeding and/or spawning, baitfish will be in the same locations as the muskies. Fish are often turned off when the wind blows colder, main-lake water to the shallows. Recently emergent weeds, the dead of last year reeds or weeds, and downed trees are prime spring muskie locations due to the fact that they supply cover and absorb the sun's heat. A sand flat, a small shoreline point, a wooden dock, a heap of rocks, as well as a depression that is bottom can carry fish. Such regions that are shallow lose heat fast so steep in and allow the water warm before you launch your boat. If you've tried areas that are shallow and still have not had success, consider trailering to your smaller lake, which may be particularly significant in springtime although 2 to 10 degrees warmer--a world of difference at any given time.

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