Leech Lake is very close to Longville, MN and many anglers that stay in Longville will head over to Leech Lake to do some muskie fishing. If you want to stay on the smaller lakes to do some muskie fishing, there are a few lakes that you can fish for muskie. These lakes are called Little Boy Lake, Wabedo Lake and Inguadona Lake. Take a look below to learn more about the area lakes that have muskie in them.
Inguadona Lake is a 1,116 acre lake with a maximum depth of 79 feet. There is a state-owned public access on the southeast shore. Inguadona Lake is a good lake for northern pike and walleye. Some big muskie are also in the lake. Other fish include largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch.
Little Boy Lake
Little Boy Lake is a 1,372 acre lake located about 2 miles south of Longville, MN. Little Boy Lake is connected to Wabedo Lake by a navigable channel. Little Boy Lake has a maximum depth of 74 feet. The lake is primarily managed for muskie, northern pike and walleye. It is managed secondarily for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bluegill, black crappie, cisco (tullibee) and yellow perch. Little Boy Lake is known as a good walleye fishery with some quality pike here too.
Wabedo Lake is a 1,185 acre lake located about 2 miles south of the City of Longville, MN. It is connected to Little Boy Lake by a navigable channel. The lake is managed primarily for muskie, northern pike, walleye and crappie. This lake has some quality pike and walleye in it. Secondarily, it is managed for bluegill, cisco, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Other fish include rock bass and perch.
Woman Lake is a 5496 acre lake with a maximum depth of 54 feet. It is one of the better lakes in this area with several species of fish to target. This is a good lake for walleye and northern pike. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie, bluegill, crappie, rock bass and perch are also available in the lake.
Some of the Bigger Bodies of Water That Aren’t Too Far Away
Leech Lake is located mainly within the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and completely within the Chippewa National Forest in north central Minnesota. The Lake is one of the most popular tourism destinations in all of Minnesota. There are numerous recreational opportunities here such as fishing, boating, hunting, golfing, hiking, biking and much more. You will find a variety of accommodations here to fit your needs.
The primary species of fish that most anglers come to Leech Lake are walleye, northern pike and muskie. All 3 species are here in good enough numbers for anglers to target them and catch them. There are some trophy-sized fish here too for all 3 species of fish.
This lake has such a diverse fishery. If you’re just looking for action, you can fish with live bait and catch a little bit of everything. For those of you looking to target largemouth bass, there is a solid fishery here and most anglers don’t even think about fishing for bass here. Find the weeds, fish shallow and don’t be shocked when a pike hits your bass lures.
Mille Lacs Lake is Minnesota’s second-largest lake and it covers 132,000 surface acres. Mille Lacs is a great lake for outdoor recreation, but it has been known for its outstanding walleye fishery over the years. There was a walleye collapse and they are hoping to be coming out of that now, however, there are plenty of restrictions on the lake as far as keeping walleye throughout the seasons. This has been a huge debate on the lake. Fortunately, the smallmouth bass fishing is off the charts good right now which is helping make up for the walleye issues. Mille Lacs also offers good fishing for a variety of other fish such as muskie, northern pike, perch and even largemouth bass. Crappie, bluegill and other sunfish round out the fishery.
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.