Well, I am just getting back from one of my “up north” trips and would normally write a separate report for my trip but it seems like the patterns that I’m getting on are almost the same up there as they are down here.
Short feeding windows and open water are the most common themes in my boat this year. It seems like much of my day is spent finding baitfish finding muskies (or interesting marks that are presumably muskies) on my imager or sonar and then basically waiting for a feeding window to open up.
Although these windows have been short, they have been potent. In a 45 minute time period we might get 4 quality bites. The nice thing about open water is you’re not dealing with a lot short strikes or nippers. Follows aren’t very common either.
I have been paying attention to a couple different things while waiting for these windows to open up. The first is the moon. The best periods have been around the minor periods around rise or set. The other has been the major around moon overhead. The second thing I look for is the bait to be high in the water. When I see the pods start to rise on my screen and at times start to break the surface, I know we are about to get bit soon.
Of course we are still keeping them honest in the weeds and breaklines and occasionally picking up a decent fish or two. These fish have come on a number of different baits including bucktails, jerkbaits, bulldawgs, and topwater. While the open water fish have come primarily on Bulldawgs but we are getting some action on Headlocks and Big Mama Topwaters too.
Here’s Nick with his new personal best musky (I don’t mean to brag, but he’s fished with me twice and broke his PB both times)… Can’t wait to see what happens next time we fish together!
Here’s Ken and John with a couple from the other night including John’s first musky.
Here’s Rick with a beat up weed fish that went 47″
Here’s Jim with an open water muskie.