Muskie


Mille Lacs Lake is known as a very good muskie fishery.  It may not always put up big numbers of fish, but there are good numbers of big muskie swimming in this lake.  There are several guides that fish this lake specifically for muskie and big fish over 50 inches have been reported here consistently over the last few years.  If you want to target these big fish, your best bet will be with a local guide who knows these waters very well.


Fish the Offshore Water


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Fish Reefs


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Fish the Rocks


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Fish the Weeds


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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.

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Live Baits for Muskie

Lures for Muskie


Best Rigs for 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.

The Carolina rig, drop shot rig and quick strike rig are some of the best rigs for muskie.


Best Techniques for Muskie


Anglers use a variety of techniques for muskie.  Casting is most popular, but jigging and trolling are also very effective techniques.  Learn more about some of the best techniques for muskie page.


Learn More About Muskie


Our muskie fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.

Visit our muskie fishing website to learn more.