Musky America Magazine

When working these areas after dark, I prefer to take much the same approach that I would hunting for a trophy whitetail buck. First, try to approach the hotspots as quietly as possible. In stained water, Musky often will move very shallow after dark, and because they rely heavily on sound to feed, they may be more aware of noises. Secondly, work the area slowly and thoroughly - remember in the darker water it may be harder for a Musky to home-in on your lure and strike. The darker the water or night, the more important it is to either put your bait on the fish or at least give them time to respond. In dark water, taking the run and gun approach can limit the number of Musky you catch. As for which lures produce best after dark, my choices would be slow, wobbling- type top water lures, bucktails and shallow-running crank baits. The important thing here is to choose lures that can be worked slowly in a straight line. and also make some norse. The key here is SOME NOISE, but don't overdo it. You just need enough sound to provide something for the fish to home-in on. TROPHY PATTERN For several years now, the pattern that produced the 51-incher I mentioned earlier has been a consistent one. It has produced a number of big fish for me, including several over 50 inches during the months of August and September. It involves moon times as an important ingredient. Another crucial element is periods of bluebird skies and stable weather. It seems when you get a stretch of those clear days when fishing is tough during the day, often the evenings produce the best action. However, when these conditions exist and the moonrise or set times coincide closely with sundown: often the best action takes place after sundown. For example, if the moon sets an hour after the sunsets, the action will often occur both at sunset and moonset. While both times can be productive, the later usually is the most intense and consistently produces the biggest fish. This summer, if the fishing gets tough on your favorite flowage, don't pack it in when the sun goes down. Simply narrow yours spots down to a few key areas, pay attention to details, like the weather and moon times, and above all, slow down. Just enjoy one of the best times to be on the lake - you need not get intense until the Musky action does.

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