Whether you spell it Muskie, or Musky, it’s one of the most elusive and sought after sports fish in North America today. If you want to catch one, you’re going to have to put a lot of time and effort into muskie fishing. If you do, the rewards and benefits are well worth it!
Introduction To Muskie Fishing
Muskie fishing is not something you become introduced to the first time you pick up a rod and reel. The usual way you start out on your first fishing adventure is with a simple bait, bobber and fishing pole. This experience usually begins as a young child. It may be that you started out on your first excursion with your dad, or an uncle, or someone else that took you out on the lake for the first time. They simply wanted to make sure you had a full day of fun and excitement. However, if they took you out for muskie fishing, you would have gotten bored quite quickly, and would never fish again as a young child. It’s normally over time that you develop a lust for this sport and when you realize the reward, you’ll certainly be willing to put in the time and effort to search for the best game fish out there, the muskie! Once it’s in your blood, you’re hooked! (pun intended)
There are fishermen who would never think of muskie fishing, and one of the reasons is because of the hard work that you have to put into it, and sparse reward you might get. But for those willing to put in the effort, when you finally land that first musky, the feeling and exhilaration you’ll receive is well worth every bit of time you spent out there on the water.
Muskie vs Pike
There are three types of fish that live in muskie waters that are all similar. They are the Northern Pike, the muskie, and the Tiger muskie. We’re including the Northern Pike here because the chances are good that you will encounter a Northern Pike during your musky hunts. Additionally, you will need to know the differences as they all have different seasons, size limits, etc. So check with your local DNR to see what the rules are if you hook into one while muskie fishing.
Muskie vs Tiger Muskie
Let’s talk about the Tiger muskie (Tiger Muskellunge) for a minute. Unlike the pure muskie, the Tiger muskie is a hybrid mix between a muskie and a Northern Pike. It is a carnivorous fish. However, because it is a crossbred fish between two species, it is sterile and will not reproduce. The only way the Tiger muskie enters a lake or river, is because it was put there by a hatchery. This is usually a state run hatchery, but does not always have to be so. At two years old the Tiger Musky is between 18 and 20 inches long. When the fish is three years old it averages a length of between 25 to 30 inches and at full maturity the average size is 34 to 48 inches and can weigh well over 30 pounds. Quite a hefty adversary for sure.
Now the true purebred muskie can be much larger than the hybrid Tiger Muskie with some lengths being recorded up to 6 feet and weights of 70 pounds. However the average musky is in the 34 to 48 inch range. It’s a good idea to know the differences and learn them well, without having to go to a photo or manual to tell them apart. Once you catch your first muskie, you’ll certainly know from that point on.
Muskie Fishing Gear
As far as equipment goes for muskie fishing, one of the things you’ll acquire during your muskie fishing career is many muskie rods, muskie reel’s, muskie lures, and many muskie bait choices, all designed to make landing that fish a lot easier. Each and every year there’s another manufacturer or vendor, who will present a new approach to the sport by introducing the latest and greatest equipment and techniques; all promising to increase your chances for success. With that in mind we hope through this website to help you out in a better way by pursuing a new approach to that area. Through our own personal testing, combined with the input from our many readers and contributors, we will be bringing to you what we know actually works best. We are fishermen, and we practice what we preach on a regular basis.
TigerMuskie.net Is Your Muskie Fishing Authority
The most successful muskie fisherman will, just as any other successful fisherman, hunter or trapper, know everything there is to know about his prey or adversary. By studying the habitats of the target wildlife the pursuer (or muskie hunter, in our case) will be able to gain the advantage, and be there waiting for his trophy when it arrives. Here at TigerMuskie.net, we will teach you what you will need to know as the basics, so when you first hit the water, you’ll know how to approach your quarry. Muskie, or musky, they know you are there, and they know well how to avoid you. The key is to trick them into believing that the presentation placed before them is the same as what is the natural food they are looking for. We will show you how to do that here. We’ll not only talk about those new muskie lures placed on the market, but we’ll take them out on the water in lakes known for musky and give them a thorough test. We’ll let you know what works, and what does not. We’ll discuss habitat, fishing times, lunar tables, feeding habits, etc. We will put in the upfront work, so you won’t have too.
For the experienced muskie fisherman we will bring you new ideas, talk about new gear, tackle, and other products, and help you increase your percentage of success while muskie fishing. You’ll be able to communicate directly with us. Unlike other publications we’ll let you know where we went, what we used, what time of the day it was, what the weather conditions were and many more interesting things that allowed us to land the fish we catch while musky fishing. If you have successes you want to share with us, we’ll be happy to include them here. Got a new lure or some muskie fishing tips you want to share, we’ll share it here for you. Got a muskie fishing story to share, and a photo of your latest catch, get in contact with us.
You can learn more about muskies and muskie fishing on Wikipedia.