Sorry for my number of posts but just trying to prepare the most I possibly can to try and get my second musky when I finally get to fish some decent musky waters down at my cottage on pleasant hill. I was wondering what are the hot lures / colors this year? And if trolling was producing more fish or casting. I'll try both. Last year I got my musky on a shallow diving crank bait. My friend got a surprise pike on a hot n tot. Any advice will be well taken. I am a beginner and love learning new techniques and tips. I already have a good rod reel and line and fish finder and motor and location. But what am I missing ?
I'm not familiar with that lake so my only advise would be to go by what you see on your sonar. Find the big marks and run your baits a foot or two above them. Vary your speed, lures, colors, and depths until something works and develop a pattern from there. I don't cast much but if I did this time of year I would target deep weed edges.
Pleasant Hill doesnt have a huge population of muskies that I know of , yes there are some in there . But you have better chances going somewhere else like Clear Fork which is not far from there . Madmac gave some great advise if you do decide to try it , but your odds will greatly increase going somewhere else .Good Luck .
Not to be a jerk or sound mean but I hope your planning for fall not now cause its way to warm to be pulling musky out right now. If you insist however get a nice one of those hotdog style nets and never take the fish out of the water. Have someone take a pic of it as you unhook it from the net then go right I rehabbing it.
Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine
[QUOTE=BassSlayerChris;1459557..... get a nice one of those hotdog style nets and never take the fish out of the water. [/QUOTE]
If I was to specifically target muskie the first tool I'd get is a BIG rubber coated net. One muskie hunter referred to it as his aquarium. The nets have long handles so that one end can go under the gunwale and keep both your hands free, allowing you to concentrate on the fish.
2010 Tracker PB20 90HP Merc
Vapor 10XT - Ascend D10 - Jackson Cuda
Thanks! I actually just bought won the other day. Because we just got a new 17 foot boat and we needed a net for all fishin. But you might as well get a big one for the rare occasions like when I musky fish
Flat out kills most after you think you released it , and it swims away. I dont know if any Muskie club guys that fish for them this time of the year. The last meeting at the lake.....NO ONE showed up with a boat or rod. Catch the fish you plan on keeping to eat this time of the year. The toss back muskies are better off left alone this time off the year. Besides they are thin and tired this time of the year. Its a free world do want you want.....but understand the info you want will be hard to get. The absolute best muskie fishing people dont fish in this warm water condition. So I doubt you will get much help, however, I would guide you in the right direction during the spring or fall.
Well. I'm driving down there for the weekend and I only go there in the summer. So it's now or never. Many people have given me great advice about musky fishin this week on this forum and all of them are still fishing ?
Good luck conservationist. Wait....thats me....trophy protecter....not a trophy undertaker......your legal have at it....explain it to your children later in life why the big muskies are gone.....Thanks for the freedom of speech ogf!
300......die hard guys are out there......yup.....guys who make muskies die hard....
grease and release the saugeyes...just sayin.......
Well, I guess we're all stupid in Chapter 19 because most of the people I know are fishing. As long as the temps aren't much over 80 at the surface and you get the fish in the net quickly and keep them submerged they are fine. I haven't had one fish that I was worried about this year. No need to take a pic unless it's a special fish. Just a week ago there were 35 people signed up to fish the Combined Tournament and 13 of them were from Chapter 23. They are the ones that have their meetings at the lake so you must be referring to them. *(comments removed)
That being said, if you play them out and bring them in the boat they WILL die.
Last edited by KaGee; 07-24-2012 at 07:35 AM.
Reason: Getting personal