Dennis Radloff's Articles

December 2008


Don’t Put That Rig Away Yet…There Are BIG Muskies In Kentucky!!!
by Dennis Radloff
I used to get a little misty eyed on November 30th each year because I knew it would be five months before I'd throw another lure at a musky. NOT ANYMORE!!! Musky fishing as I know it has changed forever, and even though Wisconsin's' musky season closed on Friday, there's plenty of excellent fishing to be had all winter long. Not just some little "action" lake, or another "over pressured" body of ... more
Fishing with one of America's Finest!
by Dennis Radloff
It's 12:10pm, Thanksgiving Day, and in the hustle and bustle of the smell of Turkey cooking, football on the television, and the union of family, friends and loved ones, I found myself, as I'm sure millions of others, drifting off in thought. As the sounds of the game, the conversations, and the aroma faded away I couldn't help but wonder, "What are our troops doing right now?" I kissed my wife o... more

November 2004


Fall Musky Progressions "Part 2"
by Dennis Radloff
Well folks here we go... the last "hurrah" of the season. Only 30 days left before our musky season closes here in Wisconsin. For the most part things have been a little different this year in regard to the pattern back in September due to "summer" like conditions, so the patter discussed in the Part 1 segment didn't exactly thrive until water temperatures began to drop in early October. Once ... more

September 2004


Fall Musky Progressions "Part 1"
by Dennis Radloff
It's here! That special time of year all of us musky diehards look forward to…the beginning of fall. "What makes fall so great compared to the rest of the season?" my wife asks with a puzzled look on her face. Maybe it's the decrease of boat traffic, or the cooler temperatures, or maybe the decrease of fishing pressure while more folks start deer hunting, or maybe it's just because this is the tim... more

August 2004


When's the best time to go fishing?
by Dennis Radloff
Through my travels in the fishing industry I have heard many questions far and broad pertaining to presentation, location, techniques, gear, electronics, boats, motors, and every thing in between. However, there is one question that seems to surface more than any with the greatest degree of intrigue. "When's the best time to go fishing?" Here's where books could be written to the end of time a... more

May 2004


Opening Day Muskies
by Dennis Radloff
Finally! Our long winter slumber has ended and May 1st 2004 will mark the opener for all musky waters in the southern part of Wisconsin. All those long cold winter days filled with day-dreams about the next musky season are now faced with only one decision, where to start. Early season muskies as with any time of year are marked mainly by two common factors. Location and Presentation. While the... more

October 2003


Suckers For Fall Muskies
by Dennis Radloff
Fall is here folks, and there's no better time of year than now to be on the water chasing muskies around. While throwing your traditional jerk baits at these marvelous predators is very effective during this time of the year, it's also the prime time of the season to be rigging some live bait. Muskies are on the move, coming shallow again seeking anything they can sink their teeth into respon... more

November 2002


Moon Phase Muskies
by Dennis Radloff
Does the moon phase really have an effect on the fish activity? This question was one I often wondered about, and depending on whom I talked to the answer varied. While over the course of time the response from experienced anglers began to say consistently that yes this is a legitimate factor, I still wasn't convinced. Sadly enough, I will say today I wished I had taken to heart what those people ... more

October 2002


Let It "Glide"
by Dennis Radloff
October is upon us once again, and all my favorite things are taking place. Football is back in full swing, the leaves are changing colors, my sweetheart has a fresh batch of chili simmering on the stove, and muskies are back on the structure! While fishing along with a client the other night I caught myself drifting off into the horizon pondering, "What would be a good topic for my October artic... more

August 2002


Muskies In The Dark
by Dennis Radloff
If you're like me, then you most likely share many of the same sentiments regarding fishing anywhere this time of year. It's too damn hot during the day, and too many boats and wave runners tearing the lake to pieces even if you wanted to try fishing any more. What used to be "hot spots" are now "not spots", and I'm beginning to wonder if the musky population in my favorite lake suddenly became ex... more

May 2002


Did somebody say SUICK?
by Dennis Radloff
Finally it's here! This Saturday, May 4th, it's a new season for Musky and all other game fish on our lakes here in SE Wisconsin. I will be out there with the rest of you trying to get that first Musky to boat side. After the last few articles I have completed on Musky lures, I thought I'd start the season out with detailing a solid opening day program that you can use for your maiden voyage. ... more

April 2002


Musky Lures, Dennis’ Dirty Dozen (part 2)
by Dennis Radloff
Another month down and only 32 more days until Musky season opens here in SE Wisconsin! My office right now is completely littered with musky lures, rods, reels, and other terminal tackle as I sharpen hooks, change split rings, oil reels, check rods, and of course, pamper my "Dirty Dozen". I have the Dirty Dozen spread out in front of me as I write this article, a shrine if you will, and just look... more

March 2002


Musky Lures, Dennis’ Dirty Dozen (Part 1)
by Dennis Radloff
One of the most frequently asked questions I hear is, "So, what is the best lure?" What a question! With a gazillion lures on the market today, in every size, shape, and color it's hard to single it down to just one lure. What I can do though is share what I affectionately refer to as my "Dirty Dozen". Yes I have more than 12 lures in my arsenal, but when push comes to shove I have the top 12 prod... more

February 2002


The First
by Dennis Radloff
Life is full of firsts. First kiss, first date, first dance, first touchdown, first ticket, first boat, first fish, first musky, and first 10-pound walleye! Over the holiday break this season, I found myself paging through some pictures and re-living some of the days on the water from this past year. While every day on the water is always special in it's own way, some of the best moments are being... more

December 2001


Don’t Put That Rig Away Yet…There Are BIG Muskies In Kentucky!!!
by Dennis Radloff
I used to get a little misty eyed on November 30th each year because I knew it would be five months before I'd throw another lure at a musky. NOT ANYMORE!!! Musky fishing as I know it has changed forever, and even though Wisconsin's' musky season closed on Friday, there's plenty of excellent fishing to be had all winter long. Not just some little "action" lake, or another "over pressured" body of ... more

November 2001


Too Cold For Muskies? NEVER!
by Dennis Radloff
If your fingers have feeling, and your line isn't frozen on the reel, and your feet are toasty warm then chances are good that you're sitting in front of the TV watching the football game? There's only 30 days left before our Wisconsin musky season closes, and November possess the final, no, the ultimate chance of catching the biggest muskies of the year. However, it's also a tough time to be on t... more

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