Musky America Magazine

in the season than most flowages. In many deep lakes Muskies may stay near shallow spawning areas for quite some time after spawning. Usually the north and northeast sides of bays receive more warm sunlight exposure. This faster warming water produces good weed growth and abundant forage. Muskies will gravitate to such spots. These bays will be prime topwater spots for early season Muskies. As water temperature readings move upwards into the high 60's to low 70's look for Muskies to move out of these bays, and head towards deeper waters. Once this movement towards deeper water occurs, active Muskies may be shallow less often. Conditions, such as morning and evening low light periods and stormy overcast days will be best. Never overlook the possibility of active Muskies being shallow at night in the spring. Look for these night movements to occur earlier on smaller lakes and dark water flowages since they warm faster than deeper natural lakes. Heavy fishing pressure, and a lot of hot spring air temperatures will promote an unusual spring night bite. SPECIALIZED SPRING SURFACE BAITS Topwater fishing is undoubtedly one of the most exciting ways to fish for spring Muskies. There are many lures on the market designed especially for topwater fishing Muskies. Water temperatures will be the number one factor determining surface lure type and speed. Best American Musky Bug Colder temperatures would dictate the use of slower wobbling type lures such as the Hawg Wobbler, Crawler, and Jitterbug. Work these lures just fast enough to activate them. Too much speed with these wobblers is usually counterproductive both in the lure's action, and fish responses. The Best American Musky Bug however has no retrieve speed restrictions, so you can vary the speed during retrieve and trigger reluctant early season Musky.