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Quick Color Reference Guide for Musky Fishing
April 22, 2024

Quick Color Reference Guide for Musky Fishing

This chart will give you a good jumping off point on days where you don't know where to start.

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Musky Shop Northwood's Fishing Report: Late April
April 19, 2024

Musky Shop Northwood's Fishing Report: Late April

Here in Oneida and Vilas Counties, our game fishing season is closed until the first Saturday in May but there are plenty of Crappies, Perch, Panfish, and Bass to fish for.

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Musky Shop Northwoods Lake of the Month: Gilmore Lake
April 15, 2024

Musky Shop Northwoods Lake of the Month: Gilmore Lake

If you’re looking for a new lake to check out here in the Northwoods, look no further than Gilmore Lake.

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Understanding Musky Spawning Patterns
April 08, 2024

Understanding Musky Spawning Patterns

When you’re the fish of 10,000 casts, your Spring seasonal pattern is not unlike most land animals that hibernate, it’s often a slow, groggy path from Spring spawn to normal Summer behavior.

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Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Early April
April 05, 2024

Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Early April

It's legal to fish for panfish and bass in Oneida and Vilas counties however you cannot keep bass until mid-June.

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Musky and Tiger Musky Fishing in North Dakota: A Hidden Gem for Anglers
April 01, 2024

Musky and Tiger Musky Fishing in North Dakota: A Hidden Gem for Anglers

For nearly 20 years, the North Dakota Department of Fish and Game have been quietly stocking both muskellunge and tiger muskies into the waterways of North Dakota.

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Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Late March 2024
March 25, 2024

Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Late March 2024

We have open water on most of the lakes in Oneida and Vilas county which should be close to a record for ice out.

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Musky Fishing Guide
March 15, 2024

Why Book a Guide Trip with a Musky Fishing Guide: Unlocking the Secrets of the Elusive Muskellunge

Musky guides are seasoned professionals who intimately understand the behavior, habitat, and feeding patterns of these elusive fish.

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Crappie Ice Fishing
March 08, 2024

Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Early March 2024

Our gamefish season has ended, so primarily you may target crappie, perch, and panfish in the Northwoods.

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Musky Fishing Spring
March 01, 2024

Musky Fishing In Spring: Must Have Musky Lures

Spring is a great time to target musky, the most elusive, and powerful freshwater fish that can grow up to 50 inches or more. Muskies are often found in shallow water during spring, as they follow baitfish seeking warmer temperatures. However, spring musky fishing can also be challenging, as the fish can be picky and temperamental due to the changing weather conditions. To increase your chances of hooking a spring musky, you need to choose the right lures and tactics for the situation. Here are some tips and recommendations for the best lures for spring musky fishing.

Soft Plastics

Soft plastic lures are a versatile and effective option for spring musky fishing. They have a realistic and subtle movement that can entice a musky that might ignore a more flashy lure. Soft plastic lures can also be fished in different ways, such as straight retrieve, jigging, ripping, or pumping, depending on the depth and mood of the fish.

Some of the best soft plastic lures for spring musky fishing are:

This is one of the most popular and proven soft plastic lures for musky fishing. It has a large profile and a curly tail that creates a lot of vibration and action. It comes in various sizes, weights, and colors, and can be fished in multiple ways. The Bull Dawg is especially effective in cold water, as it can be fished slowly and steadily to trigger a bite.

This is another soft plastic lure that has a lot of fans among musky anglers. It has three tails that create a lot of movement and drag, making it ideal for a pull-pause or jigging technique. The Medussa has a gliding and falling action that can entice a musky to strike on the pause. It also comes in different sizes and colors, and can be fished in various depths.

This is a tube jig bait that is similar to the ones used for bass or crappie fishing, but much bigger and heavier. The Monster Tube has a hollow body and a skirt that flares out when it falls, creating a lifelike appearance and action. The Monster Tube can be fished with a jig head or a weighted hook and can be retrieved or jigged along the bottom or near the cover.

Bucktails

Bucktail lures are classic and simple lures that consist of a metal blade and a hair or synthetic tail. They are easy to use and can cover a lot of water quickly. Bucktail lures are ideal for spring musky fishing, as they can imitate the baitfish that musky feed on, such as shad, perch, or suckers. Bucktail lures can also be fished at different speeds and depths, depending on the blade size, body weight, and shape.

Some of the best bucktail lures for spring musky fishing are:

This is one of the most famous and effective bucktail lures for musky fishing. It has a large willow blade that spins fast and creates a lot of flash and vibration. It also has a long and bushy tail that adds more action and visibility. The Musky Killer can be fished with a steady or varied retrieve and can be used in clear or stained water.

This is a double-bladed bucktail lure that creates a lot of noise and commotion in the water. It has two large magnum blades that spin in opposite directions, creating a unique sound and vibration. It also has a long and flashy tail that attracts attention. The Double Cowgirl can be fished with a fast or slow retrieve and can be used in murky or windy condition

This is a hybrid bucktail lure that combines a metal blade, a marabou tail, and a large reaper tail. It has a smaller and lighter blade that spins easily and creates a subtle flash and vibration. It also has a soft and fluffy tail that moves naturally and creates a pulsating action. The Extractor can be fished with a slow or moderate retrieve and can be used in calm or clear water.

Crankbaits

Crankbait lures are hard-bodied lures that typically have a lip or a bill that makes them dive and wobble when retrieved. They are designed to mimic the shape and movement of a baitfish, such as a minnow, a shad, or a perch. Crankbait lures are a good choice for spring musky fishing, as they can trigger a reaction bite from a musky that is chasing or ambushing prey. Crankbait lures can also be fished in different ways, such as straight, twitched, or pull-stop, depending on the lure type and the fish's behavior.

Some of the best crankbait lures for spring musky fishing are:

This is a large and realistic crankbait lure that has a balsa wood body and a plastic lip. It has a natural and lifelike appearance and action and can imitate a variety of baitfish. It also has a loud rattle that attracts attention. The Super Shad Rap can be fished with a steady or erratic retrieve and can be used in shallow or deep water.

This is a unique and legendary crankbait lure that has a wooden body and plastic diving lip. It has an easily utilized action that can entice a musky to strike. It can be fished with a light twitching technique and for a bit of springtime trolling, can even reach trolling depths of 5-6 feet.

This is an excellent spring crankbait lure that combines a hard cedar body with a sturdy Lexan lip. Its lip makes it dive and wiggle when retrieved. It can be fished with a straight or varied retrieve and can be used in clear or stained water.

Spring musky fishing can be rewarding and exciting, but also challenging and frustrating. In order to increase your chances of landing a trophy musky, you need to choose the right lures and tactics for the situation. The lures mentioned above are some of the best options for spring musky fishing, as they can imitate the baitfish that musky feed on and trigger a bite from a hungry or curious musky. However, you also need to consider other factors, such as the water temperature, clarity, depth, structure, vegetation, weather, and fish mood, and adjust your lure selection and presentation accordingly. Remember, musky fishing is a game of patience and persistence, so don't give up and keep trying different lures and techniques until you find what works.

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Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Late February
February 23, 2024

Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Late February

If you are thinking about coming up, please stop by the Musky Shop.  We have a full selection of ice fishing equipment as well as a great selection of bait held in cold well water.

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Musky Shop Northwoods Lake of the Month: Sugarbush Chain
February 12, 2024

Musky Shop Northwoods Lake of the Month: Sugarbush Chain

The small Sugar Bush Lake Chain is the answer to all your needs – right here in Vilas County.

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Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Early February
February 09, 2024

Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Early February

 Our winter has been about as mild as any of us here in Minocqua can remember.  Last winter was really long and this winter was really mild.

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Wicked Cold Southern Musky Trolling
February 05, 2024

Wicked Cold Southern Musky Trolling

Wicked Cold Southern Musky Trolling

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Musky Shops Exciting New Baits for the 2024 Musky Season
January 22, 2024

Musky Shops Exciting New Baits for the 2024 Musky Season

So, let’s take a run through what’s out so far this year to add some spice to your musky targeting tackle arsenal.

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Musky Shop Lake of the Month: Big Arbor Vitae
January 19, 2024

Musky Shop Lake of the Month: Big Arbor Vitae

Musky Shop Lake of the Month: Big Arbor Vitae

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Subverting Disaster while Fishing in Freezing Temperatures
January 15, 2024

Subverting Disaster while Fishing in Freezing Temperatures

While musky fishing in January and February might seem like a foreign concept to some, it is a welcomed perk of living in the south. Admittedly the winters in the muskies' southern habitat range are generally mild, some years are simply brutal.

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Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Early January 2024
January 12, 2024

Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Early January 2024

Fishing has been good.  Walleye’s have been primarily in green weeds – wood and rocks are ok.

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Tennessee Musky Winter Musky Tactics
December 29, 2023

Tennessee Musky Winter Musky Tactics

As temperatures continue to cool during January and February Tennessee muskies make moves towards deeper structure and cover.

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Merry Christmas to All From Jim Stewart at The Musky Shop
December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas to All From Jim Stewart at The Musky Shop

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Late December
December 22, 2023

Musky Shop Northwoods Fishing Report: Late December

Ice fishing has been very good with a lot of fish beging caught here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

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Ice Fishing Safety Tips for Northward Travelers
December 15, 2023

Ice Fishing Safety Tips for Northward Travelers

Though we never want to be a downer at the Musky Shop, we do want to raise awareness for those planning to ice fish this season and promote safety for those traveling to the Northwoods to ice fish for the first time.

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Musky Season Is Never Over for Avid Anglers
December 11, 2023

Musky Season Is Never Over for Avid Anglers

So now that the lakes are officially frozen and it’s time to seal up the family barge, what can avid musky anglers do to hold them over for the long winter season?

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