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Pete  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 8, 2013 11:08:01 AM(UTC)
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I've done some muskie fishing, but most of it has been in the late Spring/early Summer; I've only dabbled a few times chasing muskies in the Fall so this is pretty new to me. There is a 300+ acre lake not far from home that holds some big fish. This month, if you rent a boat for a day, you get another full day rental later in the month for free. That's enough to make me take a couple of days off work to see if I can find a muskie.

Muskies this time of year are all about food aren't they? Trying to pack on weight for the winter. The lake in question is mostly a gizzard shad forage base. I'd guess I should be trying to find schools of gizzard shad, shouldn't I? They-the shad-are supposed to be pretty sensitive to water temps: they don't do well for extended periods of time in cold water. I've seen schools of them so thick it appeared to be a solid mass of fish hundreds of yards wide on Lake Michigan during the winter near some power plant discharges. So dark bottoms or the north end of the lake, maybe a creek inlet, anywhere I can find warmer water, would be a good place to start?

I'm sure there are other questions that haven't even occurred to me. Any advice from muskie anglers here would be very helpful and welcome. Thanks.
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LenH  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:04:47 PM(UTC)
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wallybanfi@gmail.com

ask Wally

He is muskie guide.

Tell him Len sent you.
Pete  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, October 8, 2013 1:36:11 PM(UTC)
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Len, thanks a lot for the referral. I've emailed him with my questions; let's see what advice he gives. Thanks again for opening this door.
flyfishingfreak  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, October 9, 2013 3:25:12 PM(UTC)
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finding a school of shad would be good, as there will be predators nearby, but if you can't find the baitfish, look for drop offs, weed lines, any shorline structures. If theres a spot you know that fishes well for walleye, that spot will be good for muskie in the fall.
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