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Bad Weather Fishing Muskies

If you’re not careful, being on water when most everyone else isn't can quickly become the central theme of your muskie strategy. Since fishing during the closed-season months is automatically ruled out, what we’re left with are those ‘dirty weather’ days when winds howl and rains fall, right along with plummeting air temperatures and barometric instability. Fishing on days like these can easily begin to feel a little crazy, at least until you remind yourself that these are muskies you’re after—a fish that often defies logic and reason itself. Which, in a twisted sort of way, makes fishing in illogical conditions start to make sense. Although...
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Muskellunge Fish Species Information

Scientific Fish Name: Esox masquinongy
Other Fish Species Names: muskelunge, muscallonge, or maskinonge, muskie, musky
Regions Fished: oligotrophic and mesotrophic lakes and large rivers from northern Michigan, northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota through the Great Lakes region, north into Canada, throughout most of the St Lawrence River drainage and northward throughout the upper M
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Muskellunge are sometimes gregarious, forming small schools. They spawn in mid to late spring, somewhat later than northern pike, over shallow, vegetated areas. The males arrive first and attempt to establish dominance over a territory. Spawning may last from five to ten days and occurs mainly at night.


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