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Spring & Early Summer Musky

Hi northwoods fisherman, this is guide Jim Cheshire of Jim's Northwoods Guide Service.

Musky pluggers should remember that Spring means using smaller lures and much slower retrieves. Those big plugs and large suckers that you used last fall usually don't produce, even on those big pigs, until the water warms. Small bucktails or rizzo-tail spinners worked low and slow over emerging weeds can be dynamite in the Spring. One opening day, I caught and released three nice musky on a small Mepps bucktail using this technique. The key was to allow the lure to sink and then retrieve it just fast enough to keep the blade spinning. I also especially like small, glider-type jerkbaits that pause and hover on the outside turns for early season musky. Little Arbor Vitae Lake would be a good bet for some early season musky action.

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