Wintertime Muskies – Musky Barrage on Big V – Big Fish Holds

Wintertime Muskies – Musky Barrage on Big V – Big Fish Holds

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Wintertime Musky Views

Let's kick those Winter Blues!

Here's a few wintertime musky encounters that will help get you excited for the upcoming musky season.

Now that I think about it, this might actually make your Winter Blues worse?? 😂


Okay, first up we have an awesome underwater interaction from FishingwithBen who was walleye fishing on a sand flat:

Underwater Musky

This big gal decided to scoot underneath Winnesotafishing's pike spearing hole – what an awesome view of a beast of a 'skie:

Spear Hole Muskie

This Wisconsin porker decided to do a drive-by as Nick Lindner was taking a short break from panfish jiggin':

Fat Wisconsin Muskie

Alex Timm thought he was hooked up with a plus-sized hardwater pike when this beauty grabbed his tungsten panfish jig:

Alex Timm Musky

Now that you know what the muskies are doing during their "off-season", you can go back to shoveling your driveway and praying for spring 😂

Speaking of Winter....

What is your favorite way to pass the cold wintertime months??

(This question isn't for our southern musky fishing friends because they.... can actually fish for muskies!)

Some folks like ice fishing.... 🤷‍♂️

There are plenty of walleye/panfish anglers reading this newsletter, but it seems like the favorite hardwater species for most of our musky buddies are either big pike, burbot or lake trout.... in other words, fish that actually fight 😂

Doug Wegner has been crackin' some gorgeous lakers this winter and dropping some of the footage on YouTube:

Lake Trout video

The other two options we see hardcore musky-heads doing during the long off-season is either traveling south and chasing salty species (especially tarpon) or just bundling up and hibernating in their basement 😂

What's your go-to winter strategy?? Vote below by clicking the links:

  • Ice fishing for walleyes/panfish (vote)
  • Ice fishing for pike/lakers/burbs (vote)
  • Going down south (vote)
  • Waiting out the winter, maybe doing some tackle tinkering (vote)

Big Tourney Year

There are more big $$ musky tournaments happening this year than we've seen in quite a while....

Three different tourney organizations are paying 20K or more for 1st place 🏆

The new MN Muskie Trail is going to Cass (July 28-29), Vermilion (Aug. 25-26), and Leech (Sept. 22-23). First place in each of these events (with a full 75 boat field) is $20,000. They're also paying out $15k to Team of the Year 👀

PMTT is paying $25k for first place in all three of their qualifying event. Cave Run (Apr. 29-30), Madison Chain (June 10-11), and Vermilion (Aug. 18-19).

There's also going to be a TFC Muskie Classic on Vermilion this year (Sept. 7-10) that pays out $40,000 to first place 🥇 (70 boats w/ $2k entry).

Anyone notice a common denominator with this circuits??

Musky Tournaments

Vermilion muskies will start the season dodging Livescope beams in open water, then get three big tourneys from Aug. 18 to Sept. 10.

They're going to look like this all season 😂

Neo Dodging Bullets

This Week's Mashup:

Mashup time!

#1 – How insane is this musky "mount" that was shared by Steven James Rusteberg?? #need

Muskie Gears Art

#2 – Check out this awesome freeze-frame action shot from Todd Schulz (Musky Moon Outdoors#TigerTime

Jumping Tiger musky

#3 – Beautiful southern musky from @eaglenestflyshack fishin' with @blueridgemusky in Virginia:

Fly Fishing Musky

#4 – Love the play-on-words on this sweet bar sign sent in by Keith Edberg. It was made by his granddaughter Easton for her uncle Hunter Edberg:

Musky Lounge


– NY Musky Expo happening Feb. 4-5 (link)

– Todays Angler season recap (video)

– Shallow weed musky fishing w/ MHTV (video)

– “Off the Beaten Path Musky River” w/ Keyes (video)

– 2nd shift musky fishing w/ Mayhem’s 10k Casts (video)

– Fall musky catch w/ Marc-André Paquette (video)

– Painting up a Jake crankbait (video)

Muskies Inc


Gotta give Darian Rubner some props for committing to wearing Swiss cheese shoes, even when the June mosquito hatch is in full bloom. Nice fish, too! 😉

Darian Crocs Muskie

Absolutely insane paint job on this sucker muchin' tiger musky from Andy, fishin' with guide Noah Humfeld:

Tiger Musky

Awesome river musky from @deepsouthflyshop (fishin' with Matt Reilly), one of many takers from a recent fly flingin' trip:

Fly Fishing River Muskies

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