Northern Pike and Muskellunge are two of North America’s favorite freshwater game fish. These large, predatory species are every bit as fast and mean as their sleek torpedo-shaped bodies imply. Known as “water wolves” and “the fish of a thousand casts” respectively, Pike and Muskie are two fish that absolutely do not come quietly.
In this article, you can delve into the world of “Muskie vs. Pike.” Learn how to tell the two fish apart and where you should go to find them. Pick up some tips on how they behave and what to use to catch a trophy. Whether you’re a die-hard Muskie fan, a proud Pike lover, or a complete beginner, you can always learn more about these majestic creatures.
It’s always best to start at the beginning. Before we delve into the details of both fish, here are some common questions people have about Pike and Muskie.
Are Pike and Muskie the Same?
Northern Pike and Muskellunge are close relatives. They’re both from the genus “Esox” along with other Pikes and Pickerels. However, they’re not the same or varieties of the same fish. They’re two different species with different behaviors, markings, and distributions.
Is it Musky or Muskie?
Muskellunge have one of the most varied spellings of any species. Depending on where you catch them, they may be called Muskellunge, Muskelunge, Muscallonge, Maskinonge, or Milliganong. “Muskie” and “Musky” are both accepted spellings and most people use them interchangeably.
What’s Bigger, Pike or Muskie?
Muskie and Pike are often around the same size. This is part of the reason that people have trouble telling them apart. However, Muskie do grow to be much bigger than Pike. The average Pike is less than two feet, while Muskie regularly hit twice that size. The IGFA record for Pike stands at just over 55 pounds, 12 pounds short of the record for Muskie.
Tiger Muskie vs. Muskie
Are Tiger Muskie a subspecies of Muskie? Are they a regional variety? Actually, neither. Tiger Muskie are a hybrid of a female Muskellunge and a male Northern Pike. They’re very rare in the wild, but they are stocked in some waters. Their outlandish looks, large size, and rarity put them high on many anglers’ bucket lists.
Muskie vs. Pike Identification
Muskie and Pike are both long, pointy, freshwater fish. So how do you know which one you’ve caught? Color and size aren’t always reliable, as Muskie vary a lot in both. However, there are three easy ways to identify the fish on the end of your line.
1. Check the tail. The easiest way to distinguish Muskie and Pike is by looking at the tail. Both species have forked tails, but Muskie have much more pointed forks, while Pike tails are more rounded. Tiger Musky also have rounded tails, helping you tell them apart from regular Musky.
2. Look at their markings. Muskie can vary a lot in color and pattern. They may have strong, thick bars, faint spots, or no pattern at all. However, their markings will always be darker than the rest of their body. Pike are the opposite. Their bodies are dark green-blue with lighter, creamy, bean-shaped spots.
3. Count the pores. If all else fails, there’s one surefire way to know what fish you’re holding: Turn it over and look at the underside of the jaw. Pike and Muskie have special pores to detect movement in the water. Pike have 4–5 pores on each side, Muskie have 6–9. Make sure to handle the fish gently and keep your hands well away from its mouth as you flip it over!
Still can’t tell whether you’ve caught a Muskie or a Pike? Take a look at the scales on their face. Pike have scales all over their cheeks, while Muskie only have them on the upper half. You should be able to identify your fish without feeling its face, though.
Where to Find Pike and Muskie
So you know how to identify Muskie vs. Pike, but where should you go to catch them? That really depends on the species. Here are the basics on where to find Pike and Muskie.
Pike and Muskie Distribution
Pike and Muskie both thrive in and around the Great Lakes. You can find both fish in all five lakes and the surrounding rivers. However, that’s about as far as the similarities go.
You can catch Pike in most of North America, From the northwest of Alaska all the way over to Labrador in eastern Canada. They also show up as far south as Oklahoma and Arkansas, and in isolated lakes even farther south than that. Beyond North America, you can find them within the same northerly range all the way around the world.
Muskie have a much more limited distribution. They live in and around the Great Lakes, and down along the Appalachian Mountains as far south as Georgia. They were also introduced into Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg, but catches in these lakes are very rare. If you want the best chance of landing a Muskie, stick to the Great Lakes and the rivers around them.
Pike and Muskie Habitat
Northern Pike and Muskellunge may have very different distributions, but they have similar tastes in habitat. They’re both ambush hunters that hide among thick vegetation, waiting for a meal to swim their way. Both fish prefer clear water, probably because they’re sight-based hunters.
Muskie normally live in large rivers and medium-size or large lakes. Pike are less fussy about where they live. They can show up in smaller rivers and ponds, as well as all the places Muskie tend to inhabit. The best place to look for either fish is in thick weedy sections of rivers or lakes.
Pike and Muskie will generally stick to shallow, sluggish water and rarely go below 40 feet deep. That is, unless the shallows get too warm or there’s more food farther down. Even though they prefer the shallows, Musky also like to keep their options open, so shallow vegetation with easy access to deeper water is always a good place to try.
How to Catch Pike and Muskie
These are both highly predatory fish, built for speed and strength. Because of this, they’re prized game fish throughout their range. Muskie are also famously hard to hook, hence the nickname “fish of a thousand casts.” They’re difficult to trick and impossible to predict. Even so, there are a few go-to tactics for both species.
Pike Fishing Tips
Most anglers use large spoons, shallow-running plugs, or spinnerbaits to catch Pike. Live bait also works, as long as it’s the right size to attract their attention. Pike will go for much larger prey in autumn when they’re stocking up for the winter. In spring, the waters are cold and the fish are slow, so they’re happy with much smaller baits.
Pike are a classic fly fishing target. They’ll take a variety of large streamers and sliders. Just make sure you’re using weedless flies if you don’t want to take half the lake away with you. However you’re fishing, Pike have a mean bite, so make sure to use a heavy leader.
Muskie Fishing Tips
The best tip you can have for Muskie fishing is “be patient.” Even experienced anglers won’t claim to reliably catch big Musky. Aim for a “follow” (the sight of a fish chasing your lure) and you might be rewarded with a hookup. Even then, these guys are famous for their acrobatic displays and their skill at throwing the hook.
You can follow most of the tips for Pike fishing when going after Musky: Fish the weeds. Use larger baits later in the year. Use a wire leader if you want to keep your lure. The best lures for catching Musky are large jigs, jerkbaits, diving plugs, and bucktail spinners. Bucktails and jerkbaits are best for casting, while diving plugs are a common lure for trolling.
Muskie Vs. Pike: Conclusions
Pike and Muskie are both amazing fish to catch. They fight hard, grow huge, and look awesome. Musky are much more limited in their range, although both fish like the same kind of habitat and hunt in a similar way.
Musky are a more prestigious catch because they’re so unpredictable, but Pike definitely deserve legendary status, too. Both these fish are apex predators who use every bit of their strength and agility in the fight. It’s harder to get Musky to bite, but you should always be happy to see either fish on the end of your line.
Have you ever managed to catch a Musky? What’s your go-to setup for landing huge Pike? Do you have any tips of your own on telling the two fish apart? Let us know in the comments below!
March 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023
One more story. At Judd’s Resort was a small log cabin. During the summer months, the cabin’s occupant was a little old lady called “Granny.” Picture “Granny” on the “Beverly Hill Hillies”; that was our granny. She would catch giant Muskies and sometimes wrestle them to the shore after hooking them. “Granny” once was yelled at by a loudspeaker from a DNR aircraft overhead when she had more the one fishing pole in the water.
“Granny” made the best cookies any boy would love!
Replied on March 20, 2023 Mar 20, 2023
I just read all three of your comments, thank you for taking the time to share your stories. I can imagine what a sight it was to see “Granny” wrestling those Muskies to the shore, and then follow up with some fresh-baked cookies, what a gal!
I hope you enjoyed the article because I really enjoyed reading your comments!
March 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023
Additionally, to add to my first post, I grew up at Judd’s Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish. The resort, which fell prey to a recession of years past in the 2000s, was named after and owned by my grandfather from the 1940s to the 1970s. The resort was a premier fishing resort with many northern pike and muskies fish mounts on the lodge walls.
The harbor wall was constructed in the 1950s by my uncle. The construction permit was signed by President Eisenhower. You can see the harbor by searching for “Elvin R. Heller Memorial Harbor” on google maps.
March 19, 2023 Mar 19, 2023
I have to say the Musky is the king of the northland. I grew up two miles from the largest musky sculpture in the world commonly known as “The Big Fish” near the lake shores of Lake Winniebigoshish close to Bena, Minnesota. That historical building is featured as a postcard at the beginning of the movie, “National Lampoon Vacation.
August 9, 2022 Aug 9, 2022
So I love to fish for pike an Muskie! I live in Ohio on Erie and fish for both in near rivers, and lakes…..travel to Chataqua, an St. Clair. I also have a cabin in Shining tree, Ontario. Both are a great joy to catch, but I have to say……to most pike are cool but throw them in cooler an eat. Muskie are like gods and release, and I think that’s so wrong. Muskie are bigger because they live in warmer water an eat harder more months of year and no body keeps them! There gods! Pike no one cares about it seems. Pike are way prettier and personally laying eyes on a 53”, there’s nothing rarer! If 36” pike got released like muskie, you would see and hear about so many more big ones. When I take friends to Canada, if it’s over 30” you only keep if your mounting. Either species over 40” is amazing, but I’m still waiting for my first muskie over 50”, been close! But when I do, I’m eating her ass out of spite, for all the pike haters! Sorry! Probably won’t but I really want to, I’ll take a 50” pike over a 50” Muskie any day!!!! Thxs. Paul
Replied on August 9, 2022 Aug 9, 2022
Thanks for reading and for sharing your experiences with us. As I’m sure you’re aware, Muskies are actually part of the same family as Pike, hence their delicious taste and similar game quality! The issue with keeping Muskies is that the bigger the fish, the more eggs they lay, so letting them grow is actually really important for repopulation and maintaining a stable and balanced ecosystem. Wherever you are, just make sure you adhere to local rules and regulations, which, in Ontario and Ohio, allow a maximum of one Musky per day during the season, and sometimes with size limits. If it weren’t for these regulations, there’s no way of knowing whether we’d have enough Musky to go around today!
July 10, 2021 Jul 10, 2021
I spend my summers on the Chippewa Flowage in Northern Wisconsin. It boast the current world record Musky. When the rivers were dammed only the Musky was present. With the introduction of the Northern, it changed everything. With the Northern spawning earlier they are the most prolific fish on the flowage.
As a total catch and release fisherman, I use a spinner almost exclusively. With it, I catch bass, northern, and muskies. The northern is the fish I catch most often. Typical sizes range from 12 to 20 inch. Largest northern I caught has been 38 inches. Muskies caught on the same spinner baits is rare but possible. Largest musky has been 40 inch this year on same spinner. Musky populations are small compared to years ago but seem to be increasing with catch and release.
Replied on July 12, 2021 Jul 12, 2021
Thanks for reading and sharing this interesting information, I didn’t know that Northern Pike became so prevalent in your part of Wisconsin.
It sometimes happens that when a new species is introduced into a fishery, there’s more of them until the balance is naturally restored. But as you said, the fact that Muskies are catch and release could help return the Musky population to its glory. And from what you’ve mentioned about the size of both Pike and Musky, it looks like you’ve got plenty of great fish to battle on the Chippewa Flowage.
Thanks for your input Art, it’s always great to learn something new and useful.
January 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021
I forgot to add that Northern Pike feed on Musky after spawn which is why the Musky populations need stocking more often than the Northerns. One of the things the DNR officer told me when we were talking.
Replied on August 18, 2021 Aug 18, 2021
This was really helpful cause my fishing spot is a drainage ditch that leads to the Mississippi river I think I have a Musky hanging out around there.My first in counter was when I was using the North land mimic minnow fishing for bass and then I felt a hard tug there that was it I thought I got snagged so I was pisst so I was yanking as hard as I could from various angles the this guy went nuts and snapped the line in the begging I thought this was a northern so I get back out there with a crank bait I saw him follow it but didn’t take he just swam off last Saturday I got him to the bank about ready to get him on shore then he just pops of again that’s when I figured out it was a musky he’s about 33- 40 inches no joke I just cant hook him right so is there any special way u set the hook cause I cant get him for nothing
January 23, 2021 Jan 23, 2021
Living in Northern Illinois and fishing in Il, Wi, Mn and Canada I have caught Northern on a regular basis and enjoyed the fantastic fights. Even small ones fight to the net and have a never quit attitude. The local Musky club snuck in and introduced them to a local lake, without the states permission, paid a big fine but now the state stocks them annually. My first one was totally by accident when reeling in a Bluegill that had taken my leach. I saw the tiger streak out from the bank and I tried to rip the Gilly out of reach, not done. I was fighting the fish when a DNR officer offered to net my fish. When he saw the Gilly, illegal to use as bait, he got kind of ticked and I protested my innocence. It looked like I was going to have to fork over $500 in fine for illegal bait but when the Officer saw the leach in the Gilly’s mouth he laughed, calmed down and helped me release the Tiger. We had a fun conversation about how the Muskys had ended up in the lake and other fishing things but I will not soon forget my almost costly Tiger Mucky.
Tight Lines, great fights and CPR your amazing catches.
Replied on January 25, 2021 Jan 25, 2021
What an amazing story – thanks for sharing it!
I’m glad the DNR officer took the time to hear you out. Getting your fish eaten is bad enough without also paying a fine for it. Sure sounds like a memorable first catch, made even better by the safe release.
Replied on March 22, 2021 Mar 22, 2021
Great story. Thanks for sharing.
Replied on September 4, 2022 Sep 4, 2022
My husband caught a huge Musky, (to my husband’s shoulder), on a Whopper Plopper, and Berkley 8lb. Mono., while fishing for bass, in about 3 to 4 ft water. The battle was on… I knew it was huge, so called our neighbors who were on the lake fishing also, to help us land it, and measure the Musky Once we saw it up close and personal, we knew we could not land it ourselves . Our neighbor got it in his net, and then we got ready to measure it. I must say here, as it is parts of the story, my husband had sport shorts on, with small cooling holes in the material. My neighbor had his 86 yr old parents on his pontoon.
My husband got a hold on the fish to measure length when it suddenly jumped. Its large teeth got caught in a hole in his shorts and pulled them down to his ankles, while the Musky flopped from the front of the boat inDoto the water. Bye Bye.
The 86 yr old parents laughed so hard, all of us did. Musky wins. We have seen the Musky one time since then, while coming into our dock. Today I had his child do a follow right up to boat. Maybe 2 ft long. But, I was so surprised, I did not think to do the figure eight at the boat. I did screaming instead. Absolutely, a beautiful fish. I had on a dark purple, and black, 3″skirted weedless lure. I like pretty lures. hahaha. I will not make that mistake again.
I must say we are conservation fisher persons. We put all fish back but what we can eat. I believe in CPR, for the long fighting fish. Do not drop fish on floor of the boat. Do not cull. Less handling the better. Turn them loose in water.
December 21, 2020 Dec 21, 2020
I grew up 50 years ago as a teenager fishing the northeast portion of Lake of the Woods in Ontario between mid-June and mid-August. Most of the muskie fishermen I knew threw big plugs, reeling in fast and throwing out again as quickly as possible — and it seemed that a lot of them were successful in rocky areas that had a few weeds, rather than in big weed beds. On the other hand, we who normally went for northern pike found them in more weedy areas. In addition, I always understood that muskies were pretty much “lone rangers”, whereas northerns were always found with others. Does any of this seem contradictory to today’s thoughts on the differences between pike and muskie fishing?
BTW, we ate a lot of the northerns we caught, and we ate the one and only muskie I ever caught during those times. I thought they tasted almost as good as walleyes, but you really had to watch out for the forked bones when eating them.
Replied on December 23, 2020 Dec 23, 2020
Thanks for sharing.
Your observations are pretty accurate I would say. While Muskie and Pike both prefer clear waters, Pike typically tend to swim around weedy areas, particularly when it’s time for them to spawn.
Both species are considered solitary, but there are some theories about Pike forming schools when hunting, similar to a wolf pack.
Being large, top-tier predators, Muskie and Pike tend to retain many of the toxins from the fish they consume in their lifetime. That’s why they can have higher levels of mercury compared to Walleye or panfish. On the other hand, you don’t catch them every day, so you could say that it equals out.
Thanks again for sharing, and have a great day!
October 30, 2020 Oct 30, 2020
I caught my first Musky just two days ago, a 36-40 inch fighter in the St. Clair River. the fight was incredible and went on for what felt like forever, and in the dark. In the end, i had to call my neighbor to get the fish out of the water, we took a couple pictures of the catch and then we watched as this monster swim away.
The only thing is I was fishing for walleye and only using a fluorocarbon leader that night
Replied on November 2, 2020 Nov 2, 2020
That sounds quite a fight – and a big surprise when you realised what you’d hooked!
I’m glad you managed to release the fish safely, and that it didn’t break off your leader.
October 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020
I grew up fishing St Lawrence for pike and then also up just south of Timmons Ontario. We always did well on the river with spinner baits and I would look for a weedline that came to about six or 8 feet within the surface. Cast repeat etc… They would jump on the spinner baits constantly.
In Ontario I would normally grab a yellow perch and hook him through the back and just let him swim. A pike would be on it very quickly and they were huge…. Down south now and I miss “northerns’ quite a bit…
Replied on October 23, 2020 Oct 23, 2020
Sounds idyllic. Do you still get up that way for the occasional fishing trip?
October 11, 2020 Oct 11, 2020
I’ve caught many pickerel and Pike from Virginia up to Quebec. A Rapala (or other) split minnow is my absolute go to. I’ve never had a bad day with this lure as long as I’m fishing in the right areas. Generally slow ponds with shallow water are great. If beaver damns exist outside of a large lake, you should catch a lot of quality fish. Test the lure out before you fish. Pike will shred thin fishing lines. I would always take extra lures with me however today’s leaders should be good on large lures. I’ve seen people have great luck on whopper plopper.
Replied on October 12, 2020 Oct 12, 2020
Thanks for getting in touch, and for sharing some amazing tips!
What’s your favorite Pike fishery from your travels?
September 1, 2020 Sep 1, 2020
Great article! Just got a place this summer near Pickerel Wisconsin on a smaller lake. Started fishing randomly with very little experience. Caught my first northern on a #4 red and white Mepps my buddy from work swears by. It was about 26 inches but put up a fight and got my blood pumping. Learned a bunch of info from locals and got some new gear. Ended up hooking several more northerns including a 39” sow! learned how to fillet out the y bone. They are the best fish I’ve ever eaten. White and flakey and virtually no fishy taste. Fishing for northern last weekend and had a 45” Muskie up to the boat when it snapped the line. I’m now on a mission to catch one before the end of 2020.
Replied on September 2, 2020 Sep 2, 2020
Sure sounds like a great way to spend the summer!
Good luck on the Muskie hunt. Even getting one to bite is an achievement, never mind bringing one that size to the boat. Be sure to check back in when you finally land one.
August 20, 2020 Aug 20, 2020
I’m out in Northern Saskatchewan and we got Pike out here. Average size is about 7-10 pounds and the further north you head the bigger they get
Replied on August 20, 2020 Aug 20, 2020
Thanks for getting in touch.
I’m sure you’ve got some amazing Pike fishing up there. They don’t call them “Northern” for nothing, after all!
What’s your biggest catch?
August 17, 2020 Aug 17, 2020
Pike & Muskie both look a little like Barracuda ?
Replied on August 18, 2020 Aug 18, 2020
They do have the same sleek design, for sure. I’d say that the head is a little less pointed on a Barracuda, though.
All the best!
August 12, 2020 Aug 12, 2020
Your Muskie habitat distribution is way off. The St John River in New Brunswick, Canada is a hotbed of the largest Muskies around.
Replied on August 12, 2020 Aug 12, 2020
Thanks for getting in touch.
You’re totally right. The St John River has great Muskie fishing, as do many rivers and streams that aren’t shown here.
In this map, we wanted to give a broad overview of where each species lives, so that people can understand the difference in their distribution. In order to keep it easily digestible, we did have to simplify it a little.
However, if we do update this map, we’ll be sure to keep the St John River in mind.
July 13, 2020 Jul 13, 2020
I’ve caught numerous pike over the years, but no muskie. Caught a rare tiger muskie on Caldron Falls Reservoir in Wisconsin a few years ago. 48 inches in long with a yellow buzz bait lure that has red accents.
The people I was fishing with were doing some pan fishing. I was casting near some lily pads and a stump. Probably casted in the same spot about 30 times before the fish hit. Was a bit of a fight, but super fun. Just took a few pictures and released it for someone else to try to get.
Replied on July 14, 2020 Jul 14, 2020
Thanks for getting in touch.
Wow, I bet that really made the trip. It’s great to hear that you released it unharmed.
Good luck on the Muskie hunt – I guess they call them “the fish of a thousand casts” for a reason!
Replied on April 11, 2021 Apr 11, 2021
The phrase is “fish of ten thousand casts”
Replied on April 12, 2021 Apr 12, 2021
I’ve heard both used in the past, although 10,000 is probably a more accurate number for many anglers!
All the best!
January 29, 2020 Jan 29, 2020
Used to fish Lake of The Woods every year with my grandfather & uncle when I was young.
We had lots of pike close to home, so he’d go after muskie – we used alot of Big Doctors, red eyes, and various daredevils.
I caught a few smaller muskies (10-20 pounds), but the adults would usually get at least a few >20 muskies.
Lots of pike as well – similar setups, but we generally found the pikes liked the midsized daredevils more than the big doctors.
Replied on January 29, 2020 Jan 29, 2020
Thanks for the comment. Sounds like a load of fun!
Good call on the daredevils. No freshwater tackle box is complete without them.
All the best!
January 16, 2020 Jan 16, 2020
Grew up fishing for muskie and northerns on St Lawrence (Thousand Islands). Caught plenty of northerns using big Daredevil Spoons. Caught a couple northern last year on Gull Lake, MN using a plug. Will try out the Mepps this summer! Agree that most important thing is to have a metal lede if you want to bring the fish in. I’ve lost a couple northern because I was bass fishing w too light a rig.
August 18, 2019 Aug 18, 2019
Hi and greetings from Finland!
I don’t think that we have any Muskies around here, but the Pike is one of the most common fishes to catch on our lakes besides with the Perch and Walleye and some of those Pikes grow pretty darn big.
The largest Pike I’v ever catched was around ~26lbs, and man… That was A FIGHT! 😀
The lure that I used was red & white Abu Garcia HiLo, if I remember correctly.
Nice article BTW and very informative! *Thumbs Up*
Replied on August 21, 2019 Aug 21, 2019
Thanks for the comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the article!
Even small Pike can put you through your paces, so I bet you had a lot of fun with that 26 pounder. I hope you get to take on a Musky one day, too.
August 17, 2019 Aug 17, 2019
I too have had great luck with a silver, Mepps #3 hairless. I generally fish in Little Saint Germain Lake in Northern Wisconsin. That #3 has been my “go to” lure for northern for many years!!
August 15, 2019 Aug 15, 2019
Helpful article! Thanks!
I should say that I caught a bunch of Pike with a MEPS #3 this summer (Dyrberry Lake, Ontario). The guy I was with (and 82-year-old wise fisherman) caught a 39 inch, Muskie, a few weeks ago using a #4 MEPS then he let my 17-year-old niece pull it in. Such an amazing fish!
He has caught lots of Muskie –his biggest being 56 inches and with a MEPS #3!! he only uses a #4 now cause it is easier to cast – lol. He giggles at all the guys in using “way too big of lures”. He says, “just hit the right spots where they are and a MEPS does just fine!” (I caught a 36 inch Muskie last year with a MEPS– My tackle box is getting streamlined)
Replied on August 16, 2019 Aug 16, 2019
Thanks for the tip!
As I always say, the best lure is the one the locals use.
I’m glad you liked the article.
Replied on August 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020
I read the stuff that you guys from “up there” and get kinda green around my own gills. I’m a Floridian and while I love my Bass, our most common large fresh water gamefish, I am dying to pull in one of these beauties. Please indulge a couple of out of state questions.
1) Do Pike or Muskie taste good? I catch and release fresh water fish as I’m sure most of you do but just wondering… what do they taste like?
2) All of the shows on YouTube that I watch talk about the fish spitting the lure… how in the hell to you pull off a leader with a fish so sensitive?
3) Lastly, legalities… Is there a season? Are they slot fish? Must spawn bearing animals be returned immediately?
Thanks for lettin` a greenhorn ask a couple of questions and fair winds, following seas and full coolers all summer long!
Replied on August 11, 2020 Aug 11, 2020
Thanks for getting in touch. All very fair questions. Here’s my two cents on them:
1) I’ve never eaten either, but I know that they’re meant to be tasty but bony. Keeping Muskies is frowned on by a lot of anglers, though.
2) Short answer, patience, especially with Muskie! They’re more temperamental than sensitive, though. Yes, they’ll shy away from an obvious trap but they are aggressive and will hit leadered lures – they might just change their mind once they’ve done so.
3) Seasons, limits etc. vary state by state. Where are you thinking of fishing?
I hope this helps! It’s a bit brief, but other anglers will hopefully add in their thoughts, too.
July 8, 2019 Jul 8, 2019
I caught a muskie on a popper. It was the middle of the day on father’s day last year. He was sitting in water about 2 ft deep and my luck i threw popper right at him. Best fight!!! Caught him in Kingston NJ dam
Replied on July 10, 2019 Jul 10, 2019
Nice one, thanks for sharing!
I bet the fight was great. Fishing near that stone bridge in Kingston seems like a dream.