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Still Time to Catch a Wisconsin Muskie

As water temperatures cool down, musky catching can heat up. Musky season is open statewide (on open water only) through Dec. 31.

Here are some tips to help you catch our elusive state fish:

  • Find areas that still have underwater vegetation, dropping shorelines, rocks, brush piles or any place where baitfish congregate.
  • Fish in low light, either early in the morning or as the sun is setting.
  • Jerk baits, crankbaits, soft plastics, gliders and jigs make great lure choices. The larger the lure, the better – try them between 11-16 inches.
  • Large suckers are a great live bait option. However, keep in mind when using live bait 8 inches or longer, a “quick set rig” must be used where the hook must be set immediately upon detecting a bite.

Find more tips for catching a musky on the DNR’s musky webpage.

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