Crack the Muskie Mark

Outdoor Life - - FISHING -

Top Spot:

Lake Mille Lacs, Min­nesota

Fish to Beat:

State-record muskies—

56 ⁷⁄₈ inches catch-and-re­lease or 56 lb. cer­ti­fied weight

Com­pris­ing more than 130,000 acres of wa­ter, Lake Mille Lacs can be daunt­ing to fish. But the re­wards are great when it comes to tro­phy muskies.

“They are trolling open-wa­ter mud flats that were pre­vi­ously un­known to wall­eye an­glers.”

“Mille Lacs has its own stan­dards,” says Min­nesota guide John Hoyer. “A fish isn’t con­sid­ered to be big un­til it reaches 55 inches.”

Ac­cord­ing to Hoyer, there have been eight to 10 fish caught on the lake that would have top­pled the state record, which is 56 pounds. But all of those an­glers re­leased their fish.

“An­glers have re­cently pat­terned th­ese big fish in open wa­ter dur­ing the early sea­son. They are trolling open-wa­ter mud flats that were pre­vi­ously known to wall­eye an­glers.” Hoyer rec­om­mends Head­lock cranks by Su­per­nat­u­ral Baits.

The catch-and-re­lease record is sus­cep­ti­ble to fall­ing at any point in the sea­son, and that’s re­ally the record that you want to tar­get. Just make sure to have a mea­sur­ing board in your boat that runs to 60 inches and that you get the fish back in the wa­ter quickly.

For more in­for­ma­tion:

For lodg­ing, check out Mc­quoids Re­sort’s web­site (mc­quoidsinn.com). For fish­ing in­for­ma­tion, con­tact John Hoyer (hoyer­fish­ing.com).

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