Muskies, otherwise known as muskellunge, are the largest members of the pike family. These long, spiny-toothed fish are found in the northern waters of the United States and into southern Canada. The name muskellunge, according to sources at Freshwater Fishing Canada, is derived from the Ojibwe name maashkinoozhe, which translates to ugly pike. Several lures are commonly used for catching these large and long fish.
Muskies will hit on either bait or lures. Combinations of both also yield positive results. When fishing with only lures, the daredevils, bucktails, jerkbaits, spoons, spinners, artificial worms and pikie minnow lures are reported to give the best results, as stated at Canada Muskie Fishing website. Choose your lure according to the minnows and small fry that are in the waters, such that the lure looks similar and will trick the muskies to strike.
Fast Retrieval Lures
Muskies found in deeper waters require a fast retrieval lure such as a bomber, as reported at the Freshwater Fishing Canada website. Keep some of these lures in your quiver when heading out for muskies, particularly in the waters of eastern Canada. Magnum Lowriders work as fast retrieval lures and are reported as solid muskie lures. The Magnum Lowriders are weighted to appeal to the muskies in deeper water and entice them to strike.
Top Water Lures
When fishing shallow vegetation or waters, muskies strike at walk-the-dog style top lures. Walk-the-dog lures come in a variety of colors. Choose one according to the minnows and feeder fish in the waters you are going for the muskie. Walk-the-dog lures skim across the surface of the water, imitating flies or minnows the muskies are attracted to for food.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.