Muskies Messin' with Ice Anglers – OG Musky Hunter Mag – Hefty 'skie Photos

Muskies Messin' with Ice Anglers – OG Musky Hunter Mag – Hefty 'skie Photos

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Musky Fishing Newsletter

Muskies Buggin' Ice-Heads

Musky fishing and ice fishing are kinda like oil and water – they don't mix well!

The only cool thing about ice fishing is you get to watch 'em bite on the screen every. single. time.... 

Example: How crazy is this Livescope clip captured by @fishing_wi while jiggin' through a tiny hole in the ice:

Musky on Livescope

More often than not, fish look "blobby" on live sonar, but you can clearly see all the fins on this 'skie which is pretty dang cool!

She didn't bite, but luckily she stuck around long enough to drop an underwater camera for some subsurface footage:

Underwater Musky

Cool to see, but definitely not as invigorating as watchin' a musky snap your bucktail at the side of the boat!


Underwater Views

Speaking of muskies messin' with ice anglers, here's a few more hardwater muskellunge encounters you might enjoy:

This one's from the Wired2Fish crew.... I think this extra-hungry 'skie thought it was still fall sucker season! 😂

Musky Eats a Sucker

Btw, for those who don't understand.... the plus-sized hole in the ice is for spearing northern pike and the sucker is used to attract 'em into the strikezone.

This next one from Galen Michael is a bit of a head-scratcher. The extremely clear/vivid footage shows a musky rollin' through the area.... followed by a parade of appetizers. 😂

Swimming Fish

I supposed it's probably a lot safer for a morsel-sized fish to be swimming BEHIND a musky vs. in-front of one.... 🤷‍♂️

This last clip from Shawn Josephson isn't exactly "action-packed", but we love these up-close-and-personal clips 😍

Up Close and Personal

Torpedo-like Beige Cheetahs

Enjoyed this writeup about muskies from Kathy Johnson (a Lake St. Clair diver), not necessarily because I learned anything, but because the descriptions were stellar – here’s a few of my favorite tidbits:

"A muskie’s sleek torpedo-like form has natural camo-coloring with dark dots and squiggly markings over a beige or light olive body. They have an off-white belly and reddish fins rimmed with gold. In the mottled sunlight that streams into the shallow rice beds which are one of their preferred habitats, a muskie becomes nearly invisible."

Had to look it up.... Turns out "beige" is just a fancy word for light brown. 😉

"Muskies are considered ambush predators. They typically lie in wait near grass beds often in only a few feet of water. Like a cheetah stalking prey on the savanna, a muskie will patiently and motionlessly wait for a school of yellow perch to meander by or a mallard duckling to stray too far from its parents. Then with a stunning burst of speed, the muskie pounces."

Comparing muskies to cheetahs is kinda fun – definitely WAYY better than another article that compared them to sharks (lets avoid scaring the lakeshore owners 😂)

Loved this little bit from Kathy talkin' about how she knows there's a musky somewhere nearby:

"I’ll get that oddly disturbing sensation of being watched, an overwhelming and uncontrollable urge to check my hindquarter. When I get that feeling underwater, I know a muskie is probably nearby."

Gotta think that's how ciscos/suckers/sunfish/crappies/whitefish, etc. feel when they're swimming over a main lake point.... 😂

Somebodys watching me

This Week's Mashup:

Mashup time!

#1 – What's cool about musky fishing is there are baitmakers in every corner of the "Musky Belt" – some stuff becomes well-known nationwide, other stuff, not so much.... some anglers are better at keeping their favorite baits hush-hush.... 😉

Alleycat Lures is a great example. Plenty of folks use 'em in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and LSC because they straight-up catch 'em, but they aren't well known yet in places like Minnesota, Wisco, Canada, etc.

Guessin' that will change soon with Llungen Lures acquiring the company last year – here's a pile of 5” Original Alleycats they'll be bringing to the shows.

Alleycat Lures

#2 – Seen plenty of chunky pike on social media, but this one from John Libradilla in Canada definitely falls into the "morbidly obese" category! Don't love the laying-in-the-grass photos, but this fish was a serious #oinker!

fat pike

#3 – Any of you have one of these old school Musky Hunter mag "Premier Issues" laying around? #throwback

Also, good luck trying to catch that big barred beauty with all that bait around... 😂

Musky Hunter Premier Issue

#4 – Can't imagine you have anything in your tackle box that looks like these crazy-colored glide baits from Markus Mannisto.

Glide Bait


– Dates/Locations set for 2022 PMTT series (link)

– Ohio Musky Show this weekend, January 21-23 (link)

– Southern Musky Fest, January 28-29 (link)

– Lowrance now has 360 sonar (link)

– FULL study from Kamden Glade in Minnesota (link)

– New WI Flowage adventure w/ Keyes Outdoors (video)

– Last chance Eagle Lake musky w/ Doug Wegner (video)

Musky Mayhem TackleStealth Tackle


Keith Barton stuck this big Great Lakes beauty with a Musky Mayhem 10/9 bucktail, fishin' with LSC guide Spencer Berman 💪

Lake St Clair Musky

These 3D Facebook photos usually hurt my head, but I thought this one from Jim Saric was pretty dang sweet 🔥

Jim Saric Musky Hunter

Anyone else missing summer??? This gorgeous musky from Donnie Manz is an excellent throwback to better (warmer) days!!

Donnie Manz Muskies

Congrats to Brady Martz on stickin' this pudgy fly muncher fishin' in the small boat. (📸: @keystoneanglersguideservice)

Fly Fishing Musky

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