Suckers are known as the top bait to use for catching muskie. There are probably more muskie caught on suckers than any artificial lure. While most of the die-hard muskie anglers will fish with primarily artificial lures, the average angler isn’t going to go out and cast huge lures all day hoping to get one bite. Most anglers will fish for bass, northern pike, walleye or even panfish while they drag a live sucker behind the boat. Some of the biggest muskie are caught with live suckers. We highly recommend a quick-strike rig with suckers because it will prevent you from hooking muskie in the back of the throat. By getting a hookset in the mouth, the survival rate of released fish will be much higher.
You can catch muskie with suckers throughout the year, but mid to late fall is the prime time for targeting some of the biggest muskie with live suckers. When water temperatures drop at this time of year, the bite can be tough at times on artificial lures, but anglers will often report multiple big fish on live suckers. It’s just a great way to catch a huge fish.