Early spring if you'll discover the lake that is proper I wake up a giant

Published: 08th May 2020
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My pal Mike was not having a great time. Halfway through opening day of muskie season, we'd yet to find a fish and were trailering my boat toward a small lake I Had never even seen before but had been told by means of a friend was full of muskies. In Mike's thinking, it was absolutely against the day's plan. Having no past experience with all the lake that was new, I made a decision to start fishing off a small point near a shallow bay. While the very first cast was fired by Mike I deployed the trolling motor. He twitched his lure once and instantly yelled, "I got one!"A minute or so later, I swung the web under Mike's muskie--and suddenly all was right in his world. We captured, and soon I got in on the fun and released eight more muskies. While many muskie anglers do not get serious until midsummer or even the prize time of fall, I am perfectly fine pursuing muskies in the early season, whether it's early April in the South or late May or early June in the upper Midwest. Spring muskies are not deep and their habits are foreseeable. And in terms of amounts of fish caught, many of my best days have occurred afterward. Spring muskies, to locate, find warm water, cover, and baitfish. Since muskies are cold blooded, the warmer the water, the more they will need to consume. Consequently, a water temperature gauge is a critical piece of equipment. The classic early-season muskie spot is a shallow bay protected from colder main-lake waters by islands or points, but with deep water entrance nearby. The shallows absorb heat in the sun, because they receive the most direct sunlight and also the best places are available on the north side of the lake. Water that is warmer will be added by an incoming stream, and muskies will be also attracted by its own current. A spot like this is precisely where muskies spawn once water temperatures hit the charming 52- to 62-degree mark. Spawning muskies are nearly impossible to catch, nevertheless they often feed before and after the spawn. As well as should you see paired muskies, you can generally still find competitive fish because they don't all spawn at the same time. Since they want warm water, also, for feeding and spawning baitfish will take the same places as the muskies. Wind might be your ally or your foe--on bright, windy days, warmer surface water will be blown to the leeward side of the lake, a location that is definitely worth checking account. Fish are often turned off when the wind blows colder, main-lake water to the shallows. Newly emergent weeds, the dead of last year reeds or weeds, and downed trees are prime spring muskie locations since they supply cover and absorb the heat in the sun. A small shoreline point, a sand flat, a wooden dock, a stack of stone, as well as a bottom depression can hold fish. Such places that are shallow lose heat quickly during a cold, clear night, not so gradual in and let the water warm before you launch your boat. If places that are shallow attempted and still have not had success, consider trailering to your smaller lake, which might be 2 to 10 degrees warmer--a major difference at any time but especially significant in spring.

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