Musky Fishing Tips
Muskellunge, also known as a “Musky” are one of the most exciting freshwater game fish out there. A musky is a very large fish and is known to reach the length of almost five feet. They are also very heavy, weighing up to 70 pounds. The musky has been called “the fish of ten thousand casts,” because it is an extremely difficult fish to catch, but very rewarding if one is able to catch one. They are found in large rivers and lakes all over the country; most frequently near the Great Lakes region. One of the best fishing lakes in the world for catching musky is Lake Chautauqua which is located near Jamestown, New York. Some tips for catching these huge fish are:
- Try trolling. Trolling is having your line in the water while the boat is moving at very slow speeds. This is just like casting without having to keep reel in and casting out. This is a good technique for catching musky because they are very difficult to hook.
- Try fishing on the outskirts of weed beds. A musky will hang around the weed beds searching for other fish and if you cast right on the outskirts of them, you might be able to hook one and not catch any weeds!
- Make sure you have strong fishing line; at least 20 lb test. Anything less than that the musky could possibly break your line.
- Muskies are mainly caught on fishing lures. They don’t have to be too big; the average lure to catch a musky is about 8-12 inches long.
If you catch a musky you have to consider one last thing. Be careful when releasing these fish; they have huge teeth which are very sharp and a musky will jump like crazy when they’re near the boat. People have gotten hurt from them so have a net with you and some pliers for taking the lure out of its mouth. Happy fishing and please practice catch and release!