Tiger Muskie Fishing Tips

Tiger Muskie Fishing TipsTiger muskellunge or tiger muskie is a hybrid cross between muskellunge and northern pike. Tiger muskie are characterized by their elongated bodies and gray-green vertical bars on their sides. This vigorous fish can grow large in size and are known to fight in a fierce manner, making it a coveted game fish among many anglers. Catching one comes with practice. Here are some time-tested tips and techniques to aid in hooking one.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Fish for tiger muskie when the water temperature nears 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is when fishing for muskie is most productive, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Tiger muskie are most active in the early morning between daybreak and one hour and a half after sunrise. Another opportune time to fish is in the late evening one hour before sunset.
Step 2
Obtain a topographic map to locate water depths and to identify the different types of bottom structure in your local fishing ground. Look for muskies in 8- to 20-feet contours near drop-offs; this depth is likely to have vegetation beds, especially in natural lakes. Other hot spots include irregular points of vegetation, weed beds within 5 or 6 feet of the water surface, brushy structures that extend from the shoreline, sharp drop-offs adjacent to deep water, rock rip-raps and other prominent land points.
Step 3
Fish for muskie by trolling and casting. Trolling allows you to cover more areas, while casting enables you to cast baits and lures with more precision. Both fishing methods are effective and are used by many tiger muskie fishermen, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Step 4
Entice muskie with a variety of lures. Productive lures include crank, jerk and spinner baits. Use crank baits that are 7 to 10 inches in length weighing up to 2.5 oz. Choose crank baits that imitate suckers and fallfish. Bucktail spinners also work quite well.
Step 5
Use a heavy-duty graphite model bait-casting rod that is 5 to 5.5 feet in length, and select a reel with a star-drag brake. Graphite rods function better for muskie fishing because they are lightweight and sensitive and cause less fatigue. Muskies are known as fierce fighters, and they can strip the gears of low-quality reels. Opt for a 20-lb. test monofilament or braided line. Pick a steel leader or a hard monofilament because tiger muskie have razor-sharp teeth with sharp bones around their mouths and jaws that can cut fishing lines.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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