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Old 11-26-2006, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Still too warm for winter 'skies?

Looked for some musky here and there, found only a 30"ish
pike, is it maybe still to warm?

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Old 11-26-2006, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not a musky fisherman, but I've not heard of anyone having consistant action for them any time of the year on the fox. That being said anytime you can get out would be a good time. I have a feeling that if someone REALLY concentrated on finding patterns for them year round ALOT more would be caught. They are there.
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Do these "river" fish behave similar to their lake cousins, as far as
presentations?

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i know a couple people who target them year round on the river. i have seen pictures of a few large fish nearing the 50 inch mark. they will tell you when and on what bait but not where. i have found a couple spots that are productive at different times of the year but it took a lot of hard work to find these spots. there are times when fishing the area near the dams is productive and also a time when deep holes or deep spots in a bend are the key.
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can't be too warm now. THe river's at 33f and icing up throughout the system away from the dams.

I know of a person who targets 'skis in my area and only fishes for them Dec-1 through end of February. So if you are hardcore, now would be the time.
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My question is what is the benefit of only targeting them in winter months? Are they easier to catch? more predictable patterns this time of year? or are people just fishing for other species the rest of the year? Or is it as simple as their favorite lake is frozen over this time of year?Just curious.
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Thanks guys for the input. I ran into two guys fishing recently and by the gear they were using i was sure they were targeting muskie. I watched
them fish for awhile, then when they came ashore (they were wading) we talked a bit. Nice guys. Very informative and hhelpful After they left i got
in and followed the path they traversed and picked up a fat 30" northern.
I was using medium spinning gear (my smallie rig) and it was a little tough
to control that fish once he got into heavier current. He was hanging out in a
shallow riffle area just before a bend in the river....not quite what i was looking for, but definatly a cool fish. Thanks again, Dude.
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Open water fishing in the middle of december........sweet One of these days cabin fever will get the best of me and I will try to target those cold water 'skis in my area. Never caught one, but i've never really tried.

Were you wading? I haven't fished the river in a while but it looks HIGH!
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Hey E it was very high a couple days ago!!
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