Northern Wisconsin Muskie Opener Coming Up!

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 May 22nd, 2023 by sworrall 

Modified May 22nd, 2023 at 12:24 PM

Northern Wisconsin Muskie Opener Coming Up

The muskie opener in Northern Wisconsin is a highly anticipated event for anglers from all over the state and country. The muskie, also known as the muskellunge, is a large predatory fish that can grow to over 60 inches in length and weigh over 60 pounds. It is a prized game fish and is considered to be one of the most difficult fish to catch.

If you are planning to fish the muskie opener in Northern Wisconsin, there are a few things you need to know to increase your chances of success. First, you need to choose the right water. Muskies are found in a variety of habitats, but they prefer cool water with abundant vegetation. Some of the best muskie waters in Northern Wisconsin include:

  • Chippewa Flowage
  • Flambeau Flowage
  • Lac du Flambeau
  • Namekagon River
  • St. Croix Rive
  • Pelican Lake
  • Oneida County and Vilas Country Lakes and Rivers

Once you have chosen the right water, you need to choose the right gear. Be sure to have a good rod and reel that matches up with your choices from a variety of lures. Some of the most effective muskie lures include:

Finally, you need to be patient. Muskie fishing is a challenging sport due the the fact they are fewer in numbers than most game fish. Be patient and persistent, and you will eventually land one. You will also be tired!

Here are some additional tips for fishing the muskie opener in Northern Wisconsin:

  • Arrive early. The muskie opener is a popular event, and the lakes and river landings will be crowded.
  • Dress for the weather. The weather in Northern Wisconsin can be unpredictable. Be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen, as well as polarized sunglasses.
  • Be prepared for a long day. Muskie fishing can be a long and tiring process. Be prepared to spend a full day on the water.
  • Look for areas where muskies spawn and fish close to those areas on the nearest break-line.
  • Smaller bucktails, jerk baits, crankbaits, and glide baits are popular this time of the year.
  • Don’t be afraid to throw a surface lure like the Suick Lures Weagle or Chaos Tackle Lit’tl Sis’tr
  • Downsize your soft baits as you will be fishing fairly shallow, go to a bait like the Chaos Tackle Medussa Mini
  • Soft Lure swimbaits can rule the day. Try a bait like the Chaos Tackle Posseidon 10.
  • Make sure you have a suitable conservation netting net and all the necessary release tools and the knowledge of how to use them. Conservation is key, learn more by joining Muskies Inc!
  • Don’t keep the fish out of the water long, release your muskie quickly and carefully
  • Have fun! Muskie fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and challenge yourself.

Good luck and tight lines!

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