Prime Time For Fall MuskiesBy Kristine Fischer - October 6, 2020
BladesArguably the most efficient way to cover water, bucktails have been a staple for musky anglers for decades. They are easy to use for beginners, although larger blades tend to bring on fatigue after a long period of time.
These baits can be fished anywhere, but excel in those shallow weedy bays, points or shorelines. They come in various sizes, and it's best to experiment with blade size and configuration to see what the fish want. Each blade style has a unique vibration, and I typically vary the cadence when fishing these.
Jerk BaitsThis style of bait works well for muskies that are tight lipped or non-committal. Working these baits as erratically or as slowly as you need, they make for an incredibly versatile option.
Several different brands allow you to add weights to the bottom of the baits to keep them in the strike zone longer. Some of the more popular jerk baits include the Phantom Lures Hell Hound or the Jake.
Big RubberProbably my go-to category, as long as my back and shoulders are up for the task. These baits offer a more life-like presentation to them than their hard bait relatives.
For fall fishing, these baits should always be in your arsenal when you're wanting to trigger that catch of a lifetime. There are various ways to work them. You can work them like a jerkbait, you can "sweep" or "pop" them, or straight retrieve big rubber baits.
CrankbaitsMuch like bucktails, crankbaits are a great choice when you're wanting to cover water. These baits can be both trolled and casted.
I very rarely fish these baits on a steady retrieve. Often times I will aggressively bump a crank against rock or wood to try and trigger a strike. Vary your depth and figure out where in the water column the fish are feeding.