The Morson area on Lake of the Woods has plenty of good muskie water. If you have a decent boat and motor, you have so many awesome areas to fish. There are tons of bays, islands, good shorelines and plenty of offshore structure as well. If you’re looking to catch a muskie and also have the potential at a trophy fish, this area is a good place to visit.
Catch Lots of Muskie
This is a great destination if you are looking for more opportunities to have hookups with multiple fish in a day. You can always fish here and get skunked, but with so much good muskie water, if you put in the time, you have a good chance to run into multiple fish in a day. It isn’t uncommon to hear of anglers hooking up with 4 or 5 muskie in a single day. It won’t happen every day, but it is not uncommon.
Catch Big Muskie
This part of Lake of the Woods is home to plenty of big muskie. There are plenty of smaller fish here, but good numbers of big muskie roam these waters all season long. In the Morson area, it is such a large area on the main lake, so there is just a greater potential for big fish here. Muskie over 50 inches are not uncommon.
Sabaskong Bay is a large bay that really fishes more like a large lake. In this bay, you have everything you could want for targeting smallmouth bass. There are tons of smaller bays that are great for the spring and early summer. You have points, islands, rocky shorelines, open water reefs and you can get out of the wind and find somewhere to fish on windy days. You can find somewhere to fish for smallmouth bass all season long.
Fishing the Bays
Sabaskong Bay is a huge bay with excellent fishing for muskie. Within this bay, there are several smaller bays and you have big bays, little bays and everything in between along the main lake shoreline and along the islands here. The bays will hold muskie, especially early and late in the year.
Fishing the Drop-offs
Muskie love holding in deeper water near some type of shallow water cover or structure. Whether it’s a point, an island, a reef or just a deep shoreline, targeting muskie along these drop-offs is a good pattern to fish in the summer and fall.
Fishing the Points
All types of fish will be on the points in this area and muskie will be found here too. Target the many points in this area and you’ll find some muskie.
Fishing the Islands
You have so many islands to fish that you may not know where to start if you want to fish this pattern. Most of them can hold muskie, so when in doubt, just start fishing them. The islands with deep water nearby will be good spots to look for muskie in the summer and fall.
Fishing the Reefs
The reefs hold lots of walleye and smallmouth bass, but muskie will roam these reefs too. Muskie usually preferred vegetation to rocks, but at some point in the summer, muskie will move to these offshore rocky structures. The Morson area has plenty of reefs to fish. Get a good map so you can find these spots more easily. Fish the drop-offs near these reefs and you’ll find some muskie.
Fishing the Rocks
The weeds are usually the better pattern, but the rocks will hold muskie too. Like we said above, the reefs are great spots to fish during the summer. You will also find some areas with rocks mixed in with vegetation. These are great spots to target muskie all season long.
Fishing the Weeds
Muskie love vegetation and there is plenty of it to fish in the Morson area. There are huge bays, small bays and just about every size in between to fish here. Fish the weed edges and you’ll find some muskie all summer and fall.
Using Leaders for Muskie
Muskie have some serious teeth. Use quality steel leaders to avoid bite-offs. If you are fishing clear water, you may need to go with a fluorocarbon leader to get bit. Most anglers will not go any lighter than 100 lb. fluorocarbon for muskie and don’t be shocked if you lose a big fish due to a bite-off. Some anglers go as heavy as 140 to 150 pound fluorocarbon. Ideally, you want to be as stealthy as you can so you can get more bites, but if you go too light with the fluorocarbon, you risk losing fish and possibly killing some big fish due to the lures getting stuck in their mouths.
Best Baits for Muskie
There are many types of baits to target muskie. Anglers don’t have as many options when using live baits since many of the fish that muskie eat can not be used as bait. Suckers and big chubs are usually the best options for most anglers that want to use live bait. For artificial lures, there are a variety of big baits to throw. Most anglers fish with bucktail spinners, some type of swimbait, topwater lure or jerkbait when chasing muskie.
There aren’t too many different rigs for muskie fishing because you only have so many options for throwing some of the gigantic baits needed. Also, most anglers use lures for muskie or big sucker minnows, so you really don’t need too many rigs to target muskie. However, there are still several rigs you should know about, especially if you are going to be using live bait.
Our muskie fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.