case you hadn’t noticed, the weather this Muskie season has been
It seems that the whole country is caught in the grip of high
temperatures and unsettled weather that is playing havoc with catching our elusive quarry. The sun
has raised water temperatures into the mid-80 degree range on many bodies of water,
especially those that are stained or turbid and the wind has not helped the
In Canada, the hot weather drives the fish shallow as they raise their body
temperatures to help digest food and attempt to beat the short Canadian
season, but in America, the hot weather drives the fish deep as they seek a
When the fish go deep, the result is some pretty tough
So…how do you beat the heat and
catch a fish or two?
It will likely require that you adopt a different approach to the hunt.
With weather like this, the surface lure is the low percentage approach. The
next lowest approach is bucktails or spinners unless you are using a lure that
is weighted that you can "count down" allowing it to run deeper. Two
lures that may be useful are:
Jerk and crank baits are the higher
percentage baits. Fishing these lures off the deep edge (12 to 15 feet)
of a weed edge or shelf, is the high percentage approach.
You may have to change to a slightly heavier rod and perhaps a different line
strength (80 - 100 pound test Tuf-Line XP) to accommodate the heavier lures for casting or trolling.
Probably the best time of the day to fish is early morning, after the water
has had the night to cool off a bit.
I am not saying that
fish won’t be caught during the day or at night…what I am saying is that
the high percentage time is early morning. Certainly, if you have a storm
moving in and a barometer dropping, you should be considering going on the
hunt while taking precautions to protect yourself from a storm’s high winds
You might want to take a look at the "Crank/Twitch/Jerk"
articles on this website for some possible lure selections.
Good fishing…I never thought I would be impatient for the cooler shorter
days of September.