What do I need to start musky fishing?
There is a population of muskies in that lake, but they are quite difficult to catch. Tons of food out there and tons of deep water to hide in.
Have you fished Lac La Belle? I work in Oconomowoc and our previous office was right on La Belle next to the park. Actually in the buildings they are tearing down.
So I fished it alot. Mostly for walleyes. I saw more tanker size Musky in there than anywhere I have ever fished. I also saw very few people ever fishing for them. Just curious if that lake is on your radar.
And you can tie them up yourself, but it takes a special kind of knot. If you can get a good knot on 100-150 pound flouro, then I think you are better off making your own leaders.
Here's an amusing story from last year. My buddy and I were out on Oconomowoc Lake. We pitched Mag Dawgs and DC 10's for about five hours. No action at all, besides a surprise bass.
We pull up to a guy who is bass fishing. He calls us over and shows us a 51 inch musky that he caught a night earlier on a hook and leech.
Jab number one.
About fifteen minutes later, we cruise by a husband and wife who are bluegill fishing. We ask how they are doing and they say it is slow and a muskie at one of their few gills that was on their line earlier in the day.
Jab number two.
After about 6 hours of throwing the big stuff, we headed in. Dejected. All that work for nothing when a bass fisherman and a gill fisherman both had recent muskie experiences.
That is what you get when musky fishing.
Now, all I want to do is get into a nice mess of panfish. Don't get me wrong it's fun catching big fish but it's not why I fish any longer. I'm not an old fogey either...35yrs old.
I've had ski's in the 50" range up next to the boat numerous times. It's cool! But I don't flip out over it.
My main passion is knocking down big bucks with my bow. I don't think anything will ever compete with that.
But I thank all of you for great info to help me get geared up. I plan on hitting the store this weekend.