Muskies can be a challenge to catch as it is, but certain Summer conditions can make it even worse. When it gets scorching hot outside and the water is nice and warm, take notice because it will be difficult to catch a musky on these types of days. And here in Tennessee, we sure have plenty of them.
This problem actually goes a little further thanks to the increase in people showing up at the lake everyday. Musky aren’t really up for coming around when there are a lot of people swimming in and around the edge of the water. Some muskies have almost become trained to avoid conditions like these that aren’t of interest to them.
In this article, I want to talk about some of the best tips for catching musky during the Summertime that have worked well for my brother and I over the past 12 years or so. Try them, and you will see a noticeable difference in your caching of musky.
1. Try going out on the water instead
The best thing you can do to continue fishing on a day when there are plenty of people present is take a boat out on the water. At this time of the year, muskies like to hang out in the top 1/3 part of the lake together in small or large groups.
Like a bird, keep your eyes on the area and you will stand more a chance seeing the groups than you would closer to shore.
2. Try a new type of lure
Muskies aren’t dumb and as I mentioned above, can remember something happening enough to avoid it. There will be many types of lures in the water during the Summer, so maybe try one you haven’t before. Talk to your local shop owner for the best kinds muskies like to catch. Sebile brand lures have worked very successfully in the past for us, but it’s really a matter of finding what works well for you.
Take notice of the colors and shapes of the lures your fishing buddies and other locals are using and analyze what is working and what’s not. It’s all about trial and error.
3. The wind is your friend
Whether you may know it or not, the wind is on your side. When it is blowing in one direction for periods of time, it creates a “stacking” on the shores and midlake structures, which will in turn bring the fish up to a more shallow level of the water.
The waves can move the fish around and make them more visible and easier to catch.
I really hope the tips I shared today can help you with your Summer musky fishing, and draw them in closer to you. I apologize for the post being cut a little short, but it’s a gorgeous Sunday on Memorial day weekend and my brother and family are waiting for me in the SUV as we speak.
I promise to continue on this topic later on so as always, our readers can enjoy the value we have to share. May your holiday weekend be safe and blessed. Oh, and if you are out on the lake, have fun but please be careful!