Hello everyone. Somewhat new here besides checking out/doing reports. Recently gotten into musky more so than years prior. Haven't been able to get out as much obviously with beginning of 2020 and wedding in August. Always researching and trying things out. I ended up with more gear than needed, packed full of different spinners, spinnerbaits, cranks, some rubber, ect. Seems like most of the cranks all have shallow lips and spinners only seem to work in upper area of water. So many different topwaters (i didnt even know there were that many available. few deep raiders and such but how deep do they really get on a decent cast?
Anyways, I'm looking for some info to get better. Been on guide few times for a day in Sept. when a bucktail was used all day that seemed to run a few feet down (how would ya tell...) of outter weed edge but only experience with that and smaller ones on smaller action lakes/pike/musky same size.. Basically, a breakdown by month with relation to temp. I'm around oconomowoc area and have place up by crivitz so that pretty much leaves the cauldron (high falls is big and buuuusy). For example, starting in May, shallow bays with smaller sizes, are topwater good? What to look for in May and June area on different lakes, July water seems too warm to find them when temps are high 70s/80s. Is morning and evening ok to chase them? Water doesnt seem to cool. So in August, temps are still usually up, maybe water temps come down a bit, what areas are fish liking to be at? Same with Sept, Oct, Nov. Right now, (oct 14) lakes around here are lower 60s, maybe upper 50s with these windy days. How would one know when to cast rubber deeper, throw bucktails that seem to run first couple feet, spinnerbaits that can let fall, cranks/jerks (mostly seem to be all shallow) when and how deep suckers are set. when to use topwater in fall, ect. Just general knowledge of patterns/months/water temps since its ever changing. Fronts, sunny days, cloudy days, before/after a storm, sunrise/sunset