LATE SUMMER & FALL
This is known here on Eagle Lake as the big fish period.
Muskies are beginning to do some serious feeding to build up fat for those cold winter months to come. We still locate some fish in some of the fading weed beds as they still use them for cover. This time of year we are going to bigger baits. 12-inch Crank Baits, bigger Bucktails & Spinner Baits and large rubber baits are very effective.
Many of the bigger females are now moving out to the main lake basins where all the sunken structure is. This time of year we will do some trolling around these reefs as well, although I am mainly a caster as I enjoy the thrills of the follows and boat side strikes. This time of year we are also catching some big Northerns on our Muskie baits as well as they are feeding for winter also.
Most of my Die Hard Muskie Hunters are looking for that possible world record. Fishing during the period from mid September thru to mid November is their best chance. This period produces very heavy fish regardless of their length. Many fish in the 50"- 56" range are caught this time of year. In the last couple of years we have actually measured a couple of fish in the 60" range. They just followed to the boat and laid there. We stuck our 60" floating stick over them and they were at least as long as the stick. These could be record fish that time of year so come on up to my neck of the woods and let's get one!
EVENING MUSKIE HUNTS
We offer evening Muskie hunts. Muskie fishing in the evening right until dark is a very popular service for two main reasons. For one it allows a lot of people that normally don't fish for Muskies to give it a try, as I supply all the gear at no extra charge if they need it. Second, it's usually about a 3 to 4 hour hunt and it does not wear the beginners out throwing such big lures.
I have had a lot of beginners get hooked on Muskie fishing during these hunts and they have come back the following year with all the right gear and hire me for a day or 2 or more to chase these toothy critters.
I also have had many of days where customers are so jacked-up by all the action that we had during the day, they want to take a supper break and then go out and finish the day with a bang! Quite often Muskie are more in the mood for feeding in the evenings.
We leave the docks at 6 pm and fish until dark. The great thing about this hunt is that I have located fish during the day that did not strike a bait but are still in the area and in the evening they usually feed. One huge bonus of the evening hunts are the sunsets you get to experience. On a clear evening they are truly remarkable and can be seen all summer long.