Mid/Late August Musky Report

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Things are heating up out there… in more ways than one. With the mild summer we’ve had I’ve actually been hoping for a little warmer weather to set the table for a good September bucktail bite. Well, I sure got it. As I sit here and write this, I have no desire to be out in a boat. I’ll keep my fishing to low light periods and darkness this week. However, even up until Saturday this has not been necessary to catch fish.

The bite for me has been steady but all over the place as far as the baits, locations, and timing. We’ve pretty much settled in to the bucktail bite that has traditionally been so good this time of year. Shallow water, wind blown shorelines, and fast moving bucktails are the ingredients for this bite. In past years the fish have been a little more sand, gravel, and rock oriented where as this year they seem to be more weed related.

I’ve been fishing mornings mostly and they have been the most productive for me. I think fish get comfortable in the shallows over night and are poised to chase down bucktails burned over their heads in the shallow slop. We’ve boated the most fish on the Kramer Bros. #8’s. This bucktail is cleaning up right now! Musky Mayhem’s showgirls have been getting eatin as well.

This has happened before to me and it sure happened this week but when moonrise/set lines up with sunrise/set it tends to be a bust for me. As the moonrises/sets move away from the sun, we’ve started to boat more fish around the moon… Just something to think about when it comes to timing. I think that the moonrise in the middle of the night may be productive this week. I might get my vampire on! I only have a couple openings in the next couple of weeks so let me know if you’d like to get out. I think that the second half of September will be outstanding fishing… and I have openings in that time period so get a hold of me! Good luck out there

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I run a fishing guide service in the Twin Cities Metro area and Western WI. I specialize in Musky fishing but also trips for bass, walleye, panfish, etc..


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