Musky America Magazine July 2024 Edition

"WOODY" PRESENTATIONS Productive wood may be as shallow as 6 to 10 feet in small flowages, or as deep as 25 to 35 feet in the larger, deeper flowages. Lure selection and presentation varies accordingly. In shallower flowages try lures that run in the top five feet of water like jerkbaits, bucktails, and shallow running crankbaits. Surface lures are a great choice now. In deeper flowages, diving lures and other deep runners usually produce bigger fish. Heavier single spinners or weighted straight shaft bucktails with willow blades and deep running crankbaits are some of the best choices. Jigs can be dynamite later on in the fall when fished around cribs that have a relatively clean bottom around them but are hard to use in areas with lots of wood since they snag up too easily. Hot lure colors seem to produce best in flowages with a characteristic stained water. I've had especially good results with chartreuse, hot orange, and red on nearly all the lures I fish in flowages. The best deep wood sticks up well above the bottom with lots of branches, roots, and brush to provide cover for baitfish. LIVE BAIT TAKES LATE SUMMER FLOWAGE MUSKIES, TOO