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During even a mild cold front, muskie fishing can become more challenging., however, in the fall, a cold front could get the excellent fall bite going, so a cold front isn’t always a bad thing when muskie fishing.
For the cold fronts in the spring and summer, most fish are affected and because of that, muskie will be affected too. Muskie are at the top of the food chain, so if the bait fish move or are not moving around as much, it affects where the muskie will be and how they reach. However, this doesn’t mean that muskie won’t eat after a cold front. The determined angler can still put some fish in the boat after a cold front.
Fish Murky Water
Clear water is definitely tougher fishing than murky water after a cold front. The clear skies and high sun that follows a cold front can make fishing tougher on clear water lakes. Murky water usually still provides some better fishing opportunities, so if you have the choice to fish clear water or murky, our choice would be to go fish the murky water lake.
Fish the Rivers
This is easy. Rivers aren’t affected as much, so go find the nearest productive muskie river and start casting.
Fish Tighter to Cover
Some muskie can usually be found tighter to cover following a cold front. If they are going to be closer to the thick weeds, you need to put some baits where the fish are.
A lot of fish go deeper and they don’t do much after a severe cold front. Go fish deeper water where you can find some bait fish. Muskie like having an easy meal close by, so you have a better chance of finding some active fish by fishing near the bait. Fish the drop-offs near some of the better shallow water areas and you may be able to coax a muskie into eating following a cold front.
Use Live Bait
If the fishing gets real tough, don’t be afraid to get the live bait out. A lively sucker may get the job done when nothing else will.