Went out with the father in law this morning. Ended up with 2 Muskys and a pike. First Musky was a dink, maybe 18". Second 1 was a 37". Caught all fish on jerkbaits. Won't be out for awhile until water temps drop down.
Vegas492 is spot on.
12 years ago I first went on trips with Muskie guides, Pike were something on Pewaukee they would only catch through the ice then. Now they're abundant as Muskies used to be.
Bass fisherman are all over the place at pewaukee now.
Thanks for the advice guys. Funny story actually pertaining to the net. The musky fishing league was taking place and a boat was right off the dock I was fishing from. They saw me bringing in the fish and noticed I didn’t have a net on me so they offered to toss me theirs. I’ll def have to purchase a larger one moving forward.
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J, just my opinion, but pike are a lot more common now than they were 5+ years ago. DNR has been planting a lot of them and the floods from 2008 allowed for some great spawning for the ones that were in there. Those fish are nice sized now. I believe that the pike, along with the walleye, are eating a lot of the smaller gills. From the little I've personally seen, the size of gills is improving over what it has traditionally been.
Musky wise, the lake changes every year. Hot spots and hot baits from one year don't necessarily translate to success in the following year. Water clarity has improved a lot and that makes the muskies a lot more fickle. Tons of bait in the lake, too. Full muskies don't eat as often. I think that the average size musky has increased lately, but the overall density is down from what it traditionally has been.
Keep at it. Fish the major/minor times. Use your best confidence baits. You will stick some, no doubt about it.
About your pike...I don't know what that fresh wound is from. I want to say a prop but that is an odd place for a prop hit. Perhaps it was swimming pretty quick and rubbed a mess of zebra mussels.
Was just out around 6am. Caught a nice 42” northern with a large gash/infection on his side. While bringing him in a 46+ inch musky was swimming side by side the entire fight until I was able to net him. Also saw a 45-51inch Muskie swimming right off the pier in about 3-4ft depth around sunset. It’s been rather odd, I’ve caught seven 32” or greater sized northern since recently moving onto the lake, however I haven’t landed a musky. I’ve had a large amount of follows and fights I haven’t won, but haven’t seen much muskie action. I was told the lake has a much larger muskie/walleye population and that northern aren’t common. Not sure if I’ve found the pike hotspot or if that’s just faulty word of mouth I received. I posted the pics of some of the northern I’ve landed so far and you can chime in if you might know what the wound could be from on the 42incher. Good luck and let me know what tips or advice anyone may have on Lake Pewaukee.
Anything on the musky’s lately??been Out twice in the last 2 weeks with only 1 follow. Are they still in the weeds or have they pushed out to deeper water?? Not looking for someone’s spot just a little help to push me in the right direction!!