Musky America Magazine

Making A Plan For What Lures To Use During The Season Since the Chippewa Flowage is the primary waters that I finish, it is the body of water for which I have the most amount of statistical information about the most productive lure type for each month of the season. If there is anything that is likely to cause a Musky fisherman to experience an elevated level of stress, it's probably the selection of the RIGHT lure. As people who fish for the most elusive and tenacious freshwater game fish, we are regularly bombarded by a blitzkrieg of available lure choices from manufacturers that claim that their lure is the "BEST". This article is NOT going to tell you what lure manufacturer makes the lure most likely to catch the Musky of your dreams...there is no such manufacturer. What this article WILL attempt to do is to provide you with some actual catch information that will help you select the general category of lure for the conditions in which you find yourself when seeking Mr. Musky. The Information Baseline For the purpose of this article, I have separated lures into 5 general categories; Bucktails , Surface Baits , Crank Baits, Jerk Baits and live bait . We will look at the productivity of these 5 lure categories as effected by the time of year, the weather conditions and the time of day. The catch records for this article are taken from a study of 1,415 legal Musky caught on the Chippewa Flowage from 1981 to 1990. 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 Total Catch 963 1053 962 1206 1217 1270 1244 1103 1009 1192 Study Catch 128 105 88 119 119 150 205 146 160 195 % Of Total 13% 10% 9% 9% 9% 11% 16% 13% 15% 16% The table that is shown above provides you some perspective regarding the percent of the registered catch that is represented by the study catch for each year of the study. The study catches, representing 12.6% of the total registered catch, is a respectable statistical sample. Combined with the size of the sample is the fact that the study is spread over 10 years, thereby minimizing unusual

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