Score the ultimate muskie hit
Five muskie pros share their secrets for hitting the ultimate freshwater predators on the surface
MUSKIES ARE ALREADY the fish of 10,000 casts, so imagine how much cooler it would be if that hit on cast 9,999 came on a giant topwater lure. If you know when and where to fire a big propbait or walk-the-dog during the dog days of summer, scoring what is arguably the most impressive hit in freshwater fishing is easier than you think. It’s all about understanding which conditions put the odds in your favor, and that can vary from region to region. While other species may slow down during the hottest months, muskies can actually get more active, and they need a constant intake of calories because their metabolism is at its peak. We tracked down five of the best muskie guides in the country to glean their tips and tricks for topwater success. Work their teachings into your summer muskie routine and hold on tight.