Musky America Magazine

Hey, Wait A Minute.... What About Dark Water After Dark By John Myhre Spending an evening surrounded by the serenity and natural beauty of a Northwoods flowage (reservoir) can be a unique experience, especially when you throw in a little Musky action. You might even think it can't get much better than that, however, sometimes it can, and this was one of those times. Not only was it a beautiful evening with little wind and a clear sky, but I was anticipating action from big fish. Over the past few evenings I had been working a pattern that produced action from several Musky from 20 to 25 pounds. As on most evenings, there were a number of other fishing boats. They were working some of the lake's well-known Musky spots. After all, any flowage Musky hunter worth his salt knows that this is one of the best times to be on the water for Musky action, especially on those sunny days. Yet, by the time it was totally dark, there were only two boats on the water. Everyone else had quit! It wasn't long before one of my guide clients made a comment that "It looked like we had missed the action and we might as well head in." My response was simply, "It isn't time yet." I pointed out that they could expect some action shortly, just around the time the moon, which was already low, would set. Just as the moon dropped below the trees I positioned the boat so we could cast toward a small patch of weeds where the submerged bar broke into deep water. Almost as if on cue, one of the guys had a strike on his Hawg Wobbler. That strike resulted in him catching his largest Musky, a beautiful 51-incher. On many lakes and flowages this is a common scenario, not necessarily the catching of a 51-inch Musky, but the fact that nearly everyone is off the water just before the fishing gets really good.