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By Steve Genson (fishhunts.com) Glide baits are an amazing tool for musky fishing, because they have the ability to move fish when nothing else will. I can’t put my finger on the exact reason, but I believe they elicit a unique instinctual response from the fish. Seems like there are times when muskies will eat a glide bait when they’re not even hungry. They can’t resist when the bait moves and pauses just right. The best time to use these baits is in cooler water – 65 degrees and less – but I’ve had great success throwing them all season...

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By: Pete Maina It’s that time of the muskie season. The simple reality is that far more “floater” (dead) muskies are noted during the period of seventies-plus water temperatures. Any angler who has consistently and successfully fished muskie throughout the season is well aware of heat-related effects of fight stress and any significant out-of-water handling simply through observation – as compared to cooler water periods. Where similar fight time and handling result in a wet face upon release in cool water, a sluggish revival and slow paddle away is the best result in hot... In the early 80’s, a client’s...

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JOSH BOROVSKY – One of the most important things to consider when fishing early season muskies is water temperature. If you're fishing a lake with surface temperatures below the low sixties, there is a good chance the fish will be shallow and/or adjacent to spawning areas. Finding the warmest shallow water areas on the lake may mean the difference between active biting muskies and lazy ones. Keep in mind that shallow dark water or dark bottomed areas will heat up quicker, but you should also pay attention to wind. If there is a warming trend, the warm surface water will be blown...

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