Green Bay Muskies
MOON PHASE (84%)
51° - 55° F
46° - 50° F
MOON PHASE (40%)
Hey folks, I have a cabin up north and fish muskies primarily up in the Hayward area and do some trolling on various lakes. I do fish the bay a lot for walleyes, browns etc. since I live in Door County so I understand most things about running boards etc.
My question is this time of year (water temp low 40's) can you tell me a "goto" starting speed on trolling for muskies, fully understanding that some days adjustments need to be made. Also if you would share any of your favorite fall baits. I have some success with Jakes and Shallow Raiders, bucktails work decent as well. Most of my trolling is done in under 10-12 FOW. I figured I would ask the guys who seriously know the trolling scene for muskies. BTW we can only run a max of 2 rods in the boat. Also, some of the lakes I fish are more numbers lakes with biggest fish maybe in the mid 40s, but lots of smaller fish. Thanks for any advice. I read about a huge range of speeds that people swear by. Hard to decipher.
MOON PHASE (40%)
Oh, give it a rest with the barbless hook talk. The guy prefaced his post and admitted that some information was harsh, but here is the good stuff.
Nothing wrong with that. GB is a take and put fishery. And you know what? Those big ones are delicate. If you are going to fish them, you should have the right gear, which includes landing equipment and proper release equipment.
If you don't have that stuff? Hiring a guide may seem expensive, but when faced with buying all that gear and release equipment, well, then their costs aren't too bad. And there are plenty of good guides up there to get people on fish.
All the guy was talking about was making sure you can take care of a fish so that someone else may also enjoy said fish. It isn't like these are 3-8 year old salmon that are gonna die at the end of the life span. These fish can live to 15 years or more, if taken care of correctly.
Sometimes the posts here are harsh, but there is sometimes a reason.
Ignore the bashing, but here is some friendly advice.
Without the correct release equipment you will likely kill a big musky trying to land it, unhook it, and release it. Any more than a minute out of the water can kill a fish.
Those of us that have fished the bay for a long time have seen floaters, and seen the fish dumped in the bottom of a boat, and timed the process for several minutes or more before the fish went back into the water. Those are the guys with the wrong euipment.
The key things you need are a musky net big enough to keep the fish in the water while unhooking, mouth spreaders, a long hook remover (12" or more), and bolt cutters to cut hooks when needed.
I probably cut hooks in more than half my releases (often when tangled in the net).
If you fish with anything under 80lb braid you risk the fish swimming off with a lure embedded.
The guys who release fish cleanly:
1) Slow down when the fish is hooked, as slow as possible.
2.) Net the fish, and unhook with it in the water.
3.) Get everything ready for the picture, then lift the fish out of the net, take the picture(s) and get the fish back in the water within 60 seconds or less.
4) In the water, hold the fish by the tail, and let it revive (dont push/pull it to run water thru the gills) til it swims off on its own. Don't just throw it back and keep going, they often need help.
The guide recommendations are good to learn the water, check out the equipment, and learn how to unhook and release the fish.
If you dont want to book a guide, post to see if anyone has a free seat. Sometimes you can get out with some else who knows what they are doing.
There is plenty more to learn, this is just the tip of it. Read Musky Hunter, check forums, etc if you are serious. plenty of info out there.
Well guys it seems like all you want to do is rip on the guy with out the proper equipment to fish for musky I’m sure he’s got the idea by now I would like to thank you Jerry for your posts you always are giving great posts At least with your post I can figure out a starting spot. Thank you Jerry seems like no one wants to give up a little bit of information ?? Tight lines and good fishing to all