Muskie Fishing Tips for Wabigoon Lake & Dinorwic Lake:
Every Muskie fishing fanatic has their own way of fishing. If you
are new to Muskie fishing or are looking to add a bit more technique
to your previous knowledge, then we welcome you to read our tips.
Please always remember that Muskie exhibit different behavior on
different lakes. Depth, visibility, structure, types of feeder-fish
and weeds are usually the main factors.
On Wabigoon Lake and Dinorwic Lake the Muskie are feeding like crazy all the time. There is no difference between summer and fall feeding habits. They attack and eat anything that moves. The difference between summer and fall is the weeds and that is really what dictates the methods and lures you use to fish with.
In the summer the Muskie are in the weeds, whether its stands of
Wild Rice, Pickerel Weed, Lilly Pads or patches of Muskie Cabbage.
Casting with lures that are highly visible and make lots of noise
always work but when working the weeds you want to use single-hook
lures so you are not taking weeds off your line every cast. Low weed
lures also makes it easier to navigate between patches of weeds for a
longer retrieval, which means more fish. Spinnerbaits, large Johnson
Silver Minnows and large single-hook Daredevles with the weedless bar are great for heavy weed cover. If the weeds are not up to the
surface and you have a foot or two of water to play in then shallow
running crank-baits and jerk-baits work great. The Muskie will be
sitting on bottom and will shoot straight up at the lure. In the
summer not all the Muskie are in the weeds. They will roam the
shoreline looking for schools of Walleye, Smallmouth, Perch and
Crappie. If you are fishing for these fish and they all of a sudden
stop feeding that usually means a big Muskie or Pike has moved into
the area and that's when you start casting some Muskie baits.
When the water starts to cool down the weeds start to die. As the
weeds decompose they absorb oxygen and release small amounts of
sulfate, which the Muskie do not like. When the water cools Muskie
either move out to the edge of the weeds or go out into open water
and start to roam for better hunting grounds. You will still catch
Muskie casting into the weeds but a better approach is to troll along
the outside of the weed-lines and give more attention to shoals,
islands, mouth of feeder-streams and narrows between islands. This
time of year the Muskie also seem a little claustrophobic and tend to
be attracted to areas that face the open lake. Going into a back bay
with islands out front, which are blocking access to the main lake,
is usually slow for Muskie in the fall.
Traditionally many Muskie hunters troll really fast or retrieve
their baits really fast. In late fall when the water gets really cold
the Muskie are still feeding but become a little lethargic and tend
to hit slower baits and smaller baits. In the summer and fall
trolling with the bigger Muskie plugs at higher speeds works fine. In
late fall when the water is really cold, try trolling or retrieving
your bait a little slower and use smaller baits.