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Old 02-24-2015, 02:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my friend and I are planning a trip down to the Lake Shelbyville spillway for some some musky fishing at the end of next month (hopefully the weather cooperates). Since I've never musky fished before I have some questions about equipment. I'm planning on buying one of the Bass Pro Shops musky rods and an Abu Garcia Ambassadeur. For lures I'm probably going to keep it simple and throw bucktails most of the time. What line and leaders would you recommend? I've heard heavy fluorocarbon works as a good leader but I'm not sure how true that is, I think I'd feel safer with a steel leader. Besides the equipment I've already talked about, what else do I need?
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80 lb PowerPro braid and the pre-rigged 100lb fluoro leaders.

Are you going to be from shore or a boat? It is all a rip rap bank below the spillway, and can get rocky and snaggy when fishing from shore. Shallow running super shad raps work well there too. Heavy shad forage base there.
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Connor did you make it down there? I'm thinking hard about making the trip in a couple weeks. I'd like to target musky. But if all else fails I can always crappie fish. Was looking for tips on musky fishing the spillway.
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Connor did you make it down there? I'm thinking hard about making the trip in a couple weeks. I'd like to target musky. But if all else fails I can always crappie fish. Was looking for tips on musky fishing the spillway.
Unfortunately we didn't go. It was way too cold the weekend we planned to go. My friend now has a new job and doesn't have the time anymore.
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Well I made the trip this past weekend. I was pretty determined to target musky. So I threw 9 inch double 8 bucktails in every color imaginable. Nothing. Threw jerkbaits in a wide variety of colors nothing. Did see one small 30 inch fish caught from shore. A white bass fisherman had a wiper hooked and the musky ate it as he was reeling it in. He was able to net it before it released the fish. I had one follow on a smaller half ounce spinnerbait with a 5 inch swimbait trailer. After a day and half of beating down the water with nothing to show for it we switched gears and targeted walleye. No eyes but we did catch white bass as fast as we could drop our jig to the bottom. No size to them most were 8-10 inches but it sure beat no action at all. The highlight of the trip was my son tying into a nice dogfish on light gear. Nice place very fishable spillway(although we had to remove the outboard to launch the boat). I may be back to try again but my expectations have been tempered.
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