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There is a new On-Line community that you need to check out! Lots of good Information and networking plus the ability to create your own “page”! Very cool!!

I have become a huge fan of swim jigs for muskie! They are so versatile and work all year. Try them as a substitute for swimbaits. Gregg Kizewski at Super K jigs has come out with his “Kong” series of muskie swim jigs. They weigh 1 ounce and come in some great colors. Here is Deep Bluegill, Crappie and Chartreuse/Black. These are some of the best looking jigs I have ever seen!! Be sure to enter promo code duane10 when you order from the Super K Jigs website and get 10% off your order!!!

I have been a huge fan of glide baits for over 20 years. I have tried fishing them with a number of different rods. Bill Green at Tooth Tamer Rods suggested I try one of his 7’6” Mag Medium rods for my gliders. The results were amazing! The action of the rod made my glide baits work better and easier plus had the backbone to drive the hooks home! I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks!! Check out all the rods from Tooth Tamer. They also have some the best bass and spinning rods I have ever used. Try the 7’ 11” XH bass rod for rattle baits, swim jigs and chatterbaits for muskie. It will get the job done!

  

If you haven’t seen the “Natural” from Sinister Tackle you don’t know what you’ve been missing!! Check out the eyes! You can see the eyes glowing during your retrieve. There are currently 2 model- a 6” and an 7.5” version. The 6” has a great glide but is a bit more erratic than the 7.5”. The 7.5” has a consistent wide glide and stays down better than other glide baits. They are available in a number of colors. Crappie is favorite pattern. For more information call Todd at 763-202-3199 or visit the Sinister Tackle Facebook page!

  

Every muskie fisherman needs a way to measure their fish. Jeremy at Muskie Bumper has some great ways to help you do it!! Here are some pictures of my new board. It folds up for easy storage and measures to 60” plus it floats!!! The coolest part is that it can be personalized with a name or logo. This is a great gift idea for the hard to buy for muskie angler!!!

  

I was part of a Podcast on Muskie Fishing along with Guides Chris Taurisano, Eric Larsen and Cory Allen. It was hosted by Caiden “the Muskie Kid” Ramsell and was a fun hour talking about muskie fishing and answering listeners questions. We will definitely be doing more of these!! Be sure to check it out!!

Our good friend of Illinoismuskie.com Caiden "The Muskie Kid" Ramsell has produced some great videos lately. Here is one showing How To Hold A Muskie

Maps are an important tool when it comes to muskie fishing. The best source for maps in Illinois is the Fishing Map books from Sportsman’s Connection. Illinois is divided in to 2 sections- North and South- with a book for each section. These books contain maps of lakes you cannot find anywhere else. They now offer the books in eBooks as well. You can download the eBooks onto 5 different devices. I love having access to the maps on my phone as well as my laptop! The eBooks cost $14.95 but if you buy one of the regular books for $24.95 you will also get a free eBooks download. Be sure to check these out!!

A great source for lake information and maps is available from Lake-Link. The is a ton of great information on their website! They have message boards for Illinois as well as specific lakes in Illinois. They also have library of maps that also include stocking information and much more plus they have fishing reports. The basic website is free to use but be sure to check out the benefits of becoming a member of Lake-Link. I have been a member for years and really love the site!

Really honored to speak at the 2017 Chicago Muskie Expo. Going to be talking about muskie fishing in Illinois. This is a great show and it is at a new location!

Just finished reading Muskies My Way by Jim Saric. It is one of the best muskie books I have ever read! The book is broken down into 3 parts: Intangibles, High-tech Trolling and Power Casting. This book covers every aspect of muskie fishing and I guarantee it will make you a better fisherman! Jim is a trolling master and the section devoted to the technique is worth the price of the book! Highly recommend!

These are 2 of the new Real Fish patterns that are available on the twitch baits from Big Game Tackle. These are amazing! They come in lengths from 5” to 12”. These are some of the best looking baits I have ever seen!! Bill Green has another winner in his great line-up of baits!

If you are looking for the hottest baits in some amazing custom colors then check out Team Rhino Outdoors! Jeff has put together an amazing assortment of baits!! Be sure to check back often for new products. If you attend the Milwaukee Muskie Expo stop by and check out the booth!

I ran across this bait at the Chicago Muskie Expo. It is called the Baby Beaver from Beaver’s Baits. It may not look like much but does it ever come alive in the water! It is a bucktail and rubber swimbait with some of the most amazing action I have ever seen! Brian has an amazing video up on his website. Check it out and I think you will be impressed!!

I want to give you some Gift Ideas for Muskie Fishermen.

One of the most important tools in your muskie tackle bag should be a good pair of pliers. Most guys just get a cheap pair at a hardware store and use them until they rust shut. I am a big believer in quality aluminum pliers. They can be purchased for $30 - $50 and will last for years. Most have a replaceable line cutter that cuts braid with ease. This pair from Browning costs about $50 and is just one option. Once you have a pair of quality aluminum pliers I guarantee you won't go back to the old ones you used to use!

I am a huge fan of spinnerbaits but storing them can be an issue. I have been storing mine in a soft sided magnum plastic worm binder for years. You can get them in 1 or 2 sided models. They come with sturdy zip lock bags and allow you to easily keep them organized plus they hold a ton of baits! I probably carry 10 pounds of Raptor Premium Spinnerbaits in my double bag! They retail from $20-$40 and you can get additional storage pages. There are pockets on the inside of the binder to hold trailer hooks, plastics or other supplies. This one is a Bass Pro model but there are lots of different ones available.

 

Another great tool is The Fish Grip. This makes it easy and safe to handle fish. It is simple to use and only costs $14.99! A saltwater guide turned me on to this product about 10 years ago and I wouldn’t fish without it!

 

Education is a huge part in muskie fishing. If you want to learn more about muskie fishing then a subscription to Musky Hunter Magazine is a must! Another great choice is any of the Musky Hunter Television Series DVD’s. They are loaded with tips and techniques presented by Jim Saric and his guests over the past 9 years. It is one of the best fishing shows on television regardless of species. The Season 9 DVD just came out and I highly recommend it!!

 

Here are the 2015 Stocking Totals:


Body of Water

Number

Size

Date

Remarks

Argyle

95

11.9”

9/2

 

Busse

840

11.9”

9/2

 

Canton

252

11.9”

9/3

 

Canvasback

53

11.9”

9/1

 

Carlton

76

11.4”

8/27

 

Dale State

301

11.9”

9/1

 

Deep

28

11.9”

9/3

 

Diamond

301

11.9”

8/27

 

Eagle

203

11.9”

9/1

 

Evergreen

928

11.9”

9/1

 

Fox Chain

2,002

11.4”

8/26

 

Fox Chain

475

12”

10/9

Donated by FRV-WI strain

George

167

11.4”

8/27

 

Goldeneye

53

11.9”

9/1

 

Hennipen-Hopper

378

11.9”

9/3

 

Independence Grove

112

11.9”

9/2

 

Johnson Sauk Trail

61

11.4

8/27

 

Kinkaid

2,002

11.4”

8/26

 

Lake of the Woods

28

11.9”

9/1

 

McMaster

137

11.9”

9/3

 

Mallard

91

11.9”

9/2

 

Mill Creek

368

11.9”

9/1

 

Mingo

172

11.9”

9/1

 

Otter

767

11.4”

8/27

 

Pana

150

11.9”

9/1

 

Pierce

163

11.4”

8/27

 

Schuy-Rush

186

11.9”

9/2

 

Shabbona

319

11.4”

8/27

 

Shelbyville

348,761

fry

4/20

 

Shelbyville

163,883

fry

4/23

 

Shelbyville

29,220

1.8”

5/21

 

Shelbyville

447

12”

5/21

From Spirit Lake Hatchery, IA

Shelbyville

18,731

2.2”

5/28

 

Shelbyville

13,294

3.4”

6/9

 

Shelbyville

7,102

4.3”

6/30

 

Shelbyville

6,969

10.5”

8/24

 

Shelbyville

2,002

11.4”

8/26

 

Shelbyville

2,111

11.9”

9/2

 

Spring

280

11.9”

9/2

McDonough Co.

Spring (North)

200

11.4”

8/27

 

Spring (North)

378

11.9”

9/1

 

Spring (North)

5

14”

9/22

 

Staunton

87

11.4”

8/26

 

Storey

137

11.9”

9/3

 

Sule

80

11.4”

8/27

 

Super

231

11.9”

9/1

Let's talk leaders. Your leader is the last connection between you and the catch of a lifetime!

Always use leaders with quality components. Look for ball bearing swivels on leaders used for bucktails and crankbaits as well as a snap that won't open by accident.

A Stringease Stay Lok Snap is the way to go. I recommend the ST175 stainless leader or either the ST130 or ST130 fluorocarbon leader from Stealth Tackle.

I use a solid wire leader with no swivel for any bait I want to pivot. This will allow you to get the best action on your glide baits and on "walk the dog" style topwater baits. I recommend the 12" ST174G leader for most applications. Try the ST174S for small glide baits or rattle baits.

Most casting leaders tend to be 12" or less. Trolling leaders should be at least 30 inches long. The length is needed because of abrasion caused by rocks, sticks and other obstructions that can rub and fray your line. If you want to use fluorocarbon go with the ST200T. I use the ST090C coated stainless leader most of the time. There are also weighted leaders that can help your baits run deeper. The ST174S leader is available in 3 weights- 1/2, 3/4 or 1 ounce models.

For more information give John at Stealth Tackle a call at 708-466-5066 or email him at muskihntr@sbcglobal.net. John can also custom make any muskie leader you are looking for to help catch your fish of a lifetime!

Here are a couple of great brochures for you to hand out. Bob Kerans and friends designed them to help promote muskie fishing in Illinois. One is called What’s On The Menu and the other is called Got Muskie…? Illinois Has!!

Feel free to print these off and use them. For more information you can contact Bob Kerans at robert_kerans_559@comcast.net

Tim at Man Cave Bait Company has a new bait coming out. It is called the "Stick". It is 11" long and weighs 2.4 ounces. It has a Colorado blade and an Indiana blade. The different blades make the bait shimmy and wobble like no other bucktail! Another winner from Man Cave!

Bill at Tooth Tamer Rods is doing his part to help in the fight against cancer. The Tooth Tamer Rod for Cancer Research is a 7’ 6” medium heavy rod with purple wraps. Cost is $100 plus tax and shipping. Check it out! This is an awesome idea!

Here some highlights from the recent Milwaukee Show:

Cory and Josh at Naze Baits have come out with a new 7” version of the Livid Fish. It is now available in 7” and 9” models!

Met Peter Deszcz with EnerSys. They are the distributor of Odyssey Batteries. He was telling me story after story of customers who have gotten 7 or 8 years out of their deep cycle batteries. That is awesome!! They have batteries for all your needs. Check out their website for more information.

You all know I am a HUGE fan of the TUG from Man Cave Baits. The really neat thing is that Tim will make you any colors you want. Use your imagination and give Tim a call about creating custom colors. Be sure to ask him about Bluegill and Candy Corn!

Here is the 5” Scuba from Big Game Tackle. This little wooden baby will run 6 to 8 feet on the cast and troll down to 20 when trolled.

I would like to give a big thanks to Jim Saric and The Musky Hunter Television Show! I had the honor of filming an episode in late April with Jim and his cameraman Bill Nuytens. It was an amazing experience and hope you will all like the show! We caught a bunch of fish and had a great time. It will be airing January 24th and is called “Illinois Jumpstart”. You can watch The Musky Hunter Television Show on Fox Sports Net, Comcast Sportsnet and the World Fishing Network.

I have been asked to be one of the speakers at the 2015 Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo. They will be featuring a muskie day on Friday January 30 and will have Jim Saric, Joe Bucher, Mike Hulbert, Chris Taurisano and myself doing one hour seminars. It will be followed up with a one hour question and answer session with all of us. It should be a great time and full of valuable information!!

Here are the IDNR Muskie Stocking Numbers for 2014:

2014 Muskie Stockings

Date

Species

Size

#/lb

Number

Water #

           Lake

4/24/2014

MUE

Fry

60/gr

141,583

40

Spring Lake, North

4/28/2014

MUE

Fry

53/gr

48,384

4053

Wheel Lake

4/28/2014

MUE

Fry

53/gr

69,443

505

Shovel Lake

4/28/2014

MUE

Fry

53/gr

36,084

37

Johnson Lake

295,494

5/27/2014

MUE

2.25

681

23,256

272

Shelbyville Lake

6/4/2014

MUE

3

238

12,500

16099

Hennepin-Hopper

6/12/2014

MUE

3.5

129

9,921

16009

Hennepin-Hopper

6/18/2014

MUE

4.2

98

8,300

272

Shelbyville Lake

6/26/2014

MUE

4.7

62

10,551

7153

Indiana DNR

64,528

8/28/2014

MUE

11.2

4.3

1,996

253

Kinkaid lake

8/28/2014

MUE

11.2

4.3

4,080

272

Shelbyville Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.3

3.93

920

272

Shelbyville Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.3

3.93

220

155

Pana Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.3

3.93

77

5

Carlton Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.3

3.93

168

8

George Lake

7,461

9/3/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

84

183

Staunton City Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

765

182

Otter Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

350

4053

Wheel Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

202

505

Shovel Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

603

37

Johnson Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

926

305

Evergreen Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

200

4666

Prairie Lake

9/3/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

64

15036

Fulton Co. Gosse Mgt Lake

9/4/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

842

162

Busse Lake, North

9/4/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

90

79

Mallard lake

9/4/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

300

273

Diamond Lake

9/4/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

280

4354

Vulcan Lake

9/4/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

319

14

Shabbona Lake

9/4/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

162

17

Pierce lake

9/4/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

151

555

Sterling Lake

9/4/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

1,590

80

Fox Chain

9/5/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

40

101

Clear Lake

9/5/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

366

116

Mill Creek Lake

9/5/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

202

4,721

Eagle Lake, PRK

9/5/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

230

53,044

Pyramid-Captain Super

9/5/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

50

53,050

Pyramid-Demark Canvasback

9/5/2014

MUE

11.8

3.37

50

53,026

Pyramid-Galum Goldeneye

7,866

Got a chance to fish with Bill Katsigiannis from GVK11 \Outdoors and Chris Taurisano from T-Bone Guide Service the other day. We had a blast catching muskie, bass and even a crappie. You can check out our video and lots of other great stuff at GVK11 Outdoors!!

Spring is a great time to use rattle baits and small glide baits. The leader you use can make a huge difference in the way the lure will work. I have been using the ST174S 5” solid wire Spring Leader from STEALTH TACKLE for about 4 years now and absolutely love them! John designed them for this purpose and they are available with or without Stay Lock snaps. This is the only leader I use for the 4” Phantom Softtail. Give them a try and you will see the difference a good leader can make! Contact John for more information or for any questions regarding leaders.

Our good friends at VANILLA BUG SPRAY have come out with a new twist on their great product. They now have Cedar Wood Mist scented bug spray. If you have never tried VBS you have to get some this Spring. Really does a great job on buffalo gnats as well as biting flies and mosquitoes. It really works!! Visit their website or call them at 309-346-1044 for more info!

The MILWAUKEE MUSKIE EXPO was absolutely awesome! There was a big crowd on Saturday and the place was rocking!! Doug always has a great show but this one was exceptional. I saw lots of neat new things and wanted to share some of them.

I love gadgets and tools that make my fishing easier. Here is one of them I absolutely love! The SNIP from BOOMERANG TOOLS is a neat clipper that will cut 80Lb braid with ease plus it has a small LED light that makes cutting line in low light easy. They also have some great aluminum pliers and split ring pliers. Good pliers are worth their weight in gold!

Roger Watters at H2O TACKLE had some really nice crankbaits. The bait on top is the CRANKY NITRO in cedar and the bottom bait is the WARTHOG. The CRANKY NITRO is made from different woods so they dive to different depths. Very cool!  Roger is always thinking outside the box! Contact him for more information on baits or custom colors.

I always thought that all bucktails were alike until I used ones made by Tim at MAN CAVE BAIT CO. There is a huge difference! I have been using the TUG and the GRUNT for 2 years and love them! Tim has introduced 2 new baits: The V-RAP and the ROCK. They both have BOINK rubber over the hook and split rings to keep the hooks in line with the bait. He created the best bluegill pattern I have ever seen! Contact him to get custom colors!!

Corey and Josh at NAZE BAITS have now changed the LIVID FISH crankbait from wood to plastic. It still has the amazing action and buoyancy as the original but each lure will now run the same. If you have never seen the video of this bait check it out on their website. You can cast, troll or twitch it. They have some great colors plus they are made in the USA!

John Vieau from Scenic Vieau Pyrography had some beautiful examples of his work. He does custom-made hand wood burning pictures of all kinds of fish and animals as well as plaques and tables. He had a couple of items at his booth. He can take your picture of a trophy and create a one-of-a-kind item for you. The table top and gate were really amazing. You can contact John at 847-452-3984 or email him at jvmusky@gmail.com.

Looking for some new topwater baits? Bob at Raptor Premium Spinnerbaits has come up with some baits for you! Bob has taken an old time bass bait and modified and improved it for muskie. Check out the Do-Wop! You may remember the original buzzbait - the Pomme De Tere Special from the 60’s. It is part spinnerbait and part buzzbait. It makes a sound like no other baits when you buzz it along the top. It is now available in a muskie/pike size. I have been testing it and it sounds amazing. Available in standard and custom colors. Also ask Bob about his muskie/pike double and triple bladed buzzbaits as well!!

Eric at Rubberhairy Tackle has come up with a new single tail rubber bait. It is called the Twinkee. It comes in 2 sizes. Be sure to check out my 2 favorite colors: Baitfish and Bluegill. As always Eric can pour any colors or patterns you want. I am a huge Twinkee fan!

Over 170 fish were rescued and put back in the lake! The news is not all positive as dozens of muskies did die due to the flooding and are hanging from the fence below the Evergreen spillway. This Spring has been tough on all the lakes and rivers in our area.

Just returned from the Milwaukee Muskie Show and wanted to share some really cool things I found!

You have got to get some of the new DT’s from Rubberhairy Tackle! They are awesome! Threw some prototypes this Fall and they are great. Got to tank test them in Milwaukee. Very versatile and a smaller profile. The color above is called baitfish and will be a hit in Illinois!! Eric can do any custom you want so give him a call!

Josh and Corey from Naze Baits came out with the new Twisted Tin Head top water bait. They added a soft tail to his original Tin Head and the results ROCK! The jitterbug style front blade makes the baits thrash and throws a ton of water when you retrieve it plus the tail makes the bait come alive!!  Great Job guys!

I have been a huge fan of the Tug from Tim at Man Cave Baits. I just got to try the Club in the tank at the show and it is awesome. Pushes a ton of water! If you thought all bucktails are the same you have got to try any of the baits in his lineup.

We are all proud of our Veterans for the service they gave to our Country. I wanted to tell you about a couple of great muskie related organizations that are working with our Veterans and providing them with muskie fishing trips of a lifetime!
Operation Muskie will be taking 20 recent overseas Veterans on a trip to Lake of the Woods June 24-28, 2013. The entire trip is free to the veterans and I have heard some incredible stories and seen some really touching photos. Visit their website for more information or to find out how you can help.
Another great event is the 2nd Annual Take a Vet Fishing Outing. It will be held on June 9, 2013 on Lake Waubesa on the Madison Chain of Lakes. It will be a great day of food, fun and fishing for a great group of Veterans. Visit their website and contact Jay Garstecki for more information!
We owe our freedom to our Veterans and these are a couple of great ways to say THANKS!

Here are some cool things I saw at the Chicago Muskie Show!

Kyle at Smoker Tackle now has a 9.5” version of the SS Shad and it looks great! He says it will cast down to 7’ but will troll even deeper. No other bait has the action of an SS Shad and I can’t wait to try the larger version!!

The final report on Project Green Gene is now out. This was a 10 year study that was done to determine which strain or stains of muskie were best suited to the varied thermal regimes of Illinois. This is a very detailed and interesting report.

Check out The Fish Grip from Norton Brass Rattler Products. It is a great tool for handling pike and muskies and makes a great gift!!
This little gem retails for under $15 and it floats!!

Congratulations to the PMTT team from Illinois - Duane Landmeier and Bob Taylor for finishing 3rd in the 2012 Top Gun standings!! That is an amazing accomplishment. Both Bob and Duane are very active in the Illinois muskie scene with Muskies, Inc., the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail and much more. Way to go guys!!

There will be a new Outdoor and Fishing Expo in the Chicago area in 2013. The American Sportfishing Association and Show Director Paul Fuller will be presenting the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo in Schaumburg, IL on Jan. 24-27, 2013.

Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo

Visit http://www.sportshows.com/chicago/index.html for more information.

Just got the stocking information from the IDNR for 2012. Over 23,000 11”+ muskies stocked in 2012.

2012 Muskie Stockings

Date

Species

Size

#/lb

Number

Lake

4/6/2012

MUE

0.5

56/GRAM

14,951

SPRING LAKE, NORTH

4/9/2012

MUE

0.5

52/GRAM

62,067

SHOVEL LAKE

 

4/11/2012

MUE

0.5

64/GRAM

77,153

SPRING LAKE,NORTH

5/17/2012

MUE

2.3

625

25,000

KINKAID LAKE

 

5/23/2012

MUE

2.6

391

19,294

KINKAID LAKE

 

6/28/2012

MUE

5.5

49

8,930

KINKAID LAKE

 

8/16/2012

MUE

11.2

4.33

5,500

SHELBYVILLE

 

8/16/2012

MUE

11.2

4.33

2,000

KINKAID

   

8/16/2012

MUE

11.2

4.33

230

PYRAMID-SUPER

 

8/16/2012

MUE

11.2

4.33

50

PYRAMID-GOLDENEYE

8/16/2012

MUE

11.2

4.33

50

PYRAMID-CANVASBACK

8/16/2012

MUE

11.2

4.33

329

BANNER-WHEEL

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

162

PIERCE LAKE

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

319

SHABBONA

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

600

BANNER-JOHNSON

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

200

BANNER-SHOVEL

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

25

BANNER-WHEEL

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

926

EVERGREEN

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

170

MINGO LAKE

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

2,300

FOX CHAIN

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

33

DEEP LAKE,WPSP

 

8/21/2012

MUE

11.2

4.23

64

FULTON CO GOOSE MGT

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

167

GEORGE

   

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

76

CARLTON

   

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

194

DALE STATE LAKE

 

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

366

MILL CREEK

 

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

89

MALLARD

   

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

840

BUSSE-NORTH

 

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

282

THREE OAKS-SOUTH

 

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

84

STAUNTON

 

8/22/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

765

OTTER LAKE

 

8/23/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

93

ARGYLE LAKE

 

8/23/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

277

SPRIN LAKE-MCDONOUNGH

8/23/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

185

SCHUY-RUSH

 

8/23/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

250

CANTON LAKE

 

8/23/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

90

FCCA #3

   

8/23/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

36

FCCA #4

   

8/24/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

58

SAUK TRAIL LAKE

 

8/24/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

135

STOREY

   

8/24/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

135

MCMASTER

 

8/24/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

77

SULE

   

8/24/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

219

PANA

   

8/24/2012

MUE

11.2

4

3,623

SHELBYVILLE

 

8/24/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

1,505

KINKAID

   

8/24/2012

MUE

11.2

3.88

582

SPRING LAKE-NORTH

8/28/2012

MUE

11.5

3.5

55

LAKE OF THE WOODS

23,141

If you are looking for a great bucktail to fish in weeds try the Tug from Man Cave Bait Company. I have been using it all Spring in the terrible weeds on Spring Lake North. It is one of the few baits I can get thru the mess. The single hook is the main reason. I also love that the blades start spinning on contact. Tim has a ton of colors or can build you any color combinations you would like. He also makes a bunch of other great baits. Check them all out online at Man Cave Bait Company

Here are few cool things that I found at the Chicago and Milwaukee Musky Shows.

If you haven’t seen the awesome 3D muskie pictures from Jay at 3D picture Store.com, you have to check them out! His company produced the 3D cover for Musky Hunter Magazine in 2011. These would make a great addition to your office or den.

Bob from Just Encase had some of his amazing ClearView muskie bait boxes at both shows. Not only can he make you boxes but can build you custom decking and storage units for any boat. They are made from virtually unbreakable polycarbonate and look great!

For those of you that missed Jim Saric and Spence Petros at Time on The Water Outdoors in Spring Valley on February 4 you have another great opportunity. Spence will be holding his famous fishing classes starting March 5. They run for 5 weeks and it only costs $80! That is an amazing bargain to spend time with one of the greatest muskie minds in the world! Visit www.spencepetros.com for more information.


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