Musky Fishing Tips and Musky Rods
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. Make sure you get a good trolling rod too. Something in the 1-10oz range for lure rating. This will give you enough backbone to troll yet some flex when you get a strike and allow your rod to drive in the hooks for a good hookset.
- 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 60 lb braid 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.
- Your musky rod is also key to having a good outing and catching a lot of musky. Your musky rod needs to be the correct action for the lures you are throwing. Forget all of the H, XH , XXXH, etc and pay attention to the lure weight ratings of the various rods. Quality is not about how much money you spend. Companies charge for their products for how much money they spend on advertising. Do your research and you might just find a great quality rod for a decent price!
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!