Muskie Fishing in Various Seasons
By Karina Popa
The muskie, also known as Muskellunge, is a variety of fish located in the northern part of North America, mostly in the region of the Great Lakes. It can be also seen in rivers like the Allegheny and Ohio, as also in the southern part of the Tennessee River Valley.
It may weight over sixty pound, and it inherits some of its personality from the northern pike, such as a flat head on an extended body. Because of its elusive nature, the hunting of this fish is getting popular.
The best bait for hunting this variety of fish is local fish. The muskie is known to be not very particular of its food, and would eat anything, including snakes, frogs or muskrats, as long as they fit into its mouth.
The muskie prefers to spawn in waters with a temperature in the region of fifty degrees. They get attracted to water at that temperature and spawn at areas with shallow waters where they get pulled into.
During the spring, the water is warm in shallow areas of the lake, and it also contains an abundance of food like minnows. The muskie survives on the food available in shallow waters until the mid-depth areas get warmed.
As most varieties of feed are recently hatched, the anglers follow suit and aim the muskies using tiny, slow-moving baits.
As the temperature rises to reach sixty degrees or beyond, the vegetation at water depths of ten to twenty feet starts growing and releasing oxygen.
The phenomenon attracts many verities of fish, including the muskie, which gets prompted to come out of its usual feed area to new areas offering fresh vegetation.
The muskie is more active when the water warms up, and so should the fishermen. It would help the angler to use slow-moving feed until the temperature of the water reaches a level of sixty-five to seventy degrees.
Once the muskie starts moving away from shallow waters, they can start using feeds of larger size. As the temperature rises to seventy-five to eighty degrees, the muskie becomes a bit lazy.
Under such conditions, the angler would do well to go fishing during the early morning hours or later in early evening hours, when the level of light is low.
The muskie becomes active once again as the water starts cooling down near the end of the summer. This fish would continue living in its summer homes till the vegetation is finished, when the fish would start moving back to shallow waters like it did during the spring.
Though the movement of the species representing his food remains unchanged, the anglers would do well to use big baits, as the feed would have grown during the entire season, and it is bigger than what it was during the spring.
The anglers keep hunting for the muskie even after the temperature has dropped to below forty degrees, because during this part of year, the fish feeds to gain wait for the winter.
The anglers are known to employ their largest bait for such temperatures in order to reproduce the naturally available feed of the muskie.