Here is a very interesting video from Freewater Pictures of a Tiger Muskie and Trout showing off their hunting skills. It’s amazing to see these fish in the early stages using their instincts to catch a meal. Take what you see in this video and apply it to when you want to target theses species. […]
Angelo heads to the province of New Brunswick with good buddy and Muskie fishing nut Steve Niedzwiecki (owner of Chaudiere Lodge, Upper French River), as they seek Canada’s number one predator… the Muskellunge. You read it correctly, there “are” Muskie in NB and they are thriving in the waters of the Saint John River… one problem though, in this water they’re considered an invasive species and many of the old school locals want them eradicated! Ang and Steve try to bring new light to this magnificent sport fish and open up the eyes to the entire country saying “these Muskie are here to stay, so let’s embrace and take full advantage of this relatively new and exciting east-coast fishery”!
Angelo’s grandson Nik returns to the show in a bigger way than ever… he’s Muskie fishing on the upper French River. This time however, there’s no “grandpa” to aid Nik through the ups, downs, and everything in-between that’s encountered on a Muskie adventure. Ang sends a very “green” Nik out with Pat Tryon, one of the best Muskie guides in all of Ontario. Will Nik succeed in his first term of learning Muskie 101… Will Pat be deemed Fish’n Canada’s official Muskie professor… Or will they both drop to their knees in defeat by the fish of 10,000 casts?
Angelo and Pete meet up with good friend and fishing guide Ryan Flaro, who guarantees they will catch Muskie on Lake St. Francis in 5 minutes. The boys are skeptical of catching ‘the fish of 10,000 casts’ that quickly, especially when they are armed with only Bass gear. Little do they know that Ryan will come through as promised, and they will catch the biggest Muskie of their lives!
On this episode Pete Bowman heads north to Ontario’s Eagle Lake to do battle with the legendary Muskellunge. What he didn’t plan on was a complete Muskie shutdown. Can he make the 20 hour drive worthwhile or will he get his butt whooped?
This Hotspot is a trolling area for Muskie on the French River. Unless you intimately know the French River and all of it’s Musky haunts, trolling is your best option to try and find active feeding fish. In the summer, run your baits anywhere from 3 – 5mph. Come late fall, try slowing down. Big Muskie Crankbaits and jointed plugs are a great choice. Vary the trolling depths by using a variety of diving lip sizes. Remember, although Muskie seem to be the toughest creature in the water, they too need care once caught; take a quick picture and then immediately release these wonderful beasts.
This Hotspot is a huge point on Eagle Lake just around the corner from Eagle Lake Island Lodge. This is a classic Muskie spot with a feeding flat adjacent to deep water. During a past Fish’n Canada shoot, we had a big fish follow here on the first day of the trip but couldn’t convert it to a bite… such is Muskie fishing. Casting is effective here because you can cover the flat and deep water in a relatively short time-frame. Double Bucktail spinners, as well as surface baits, and big Muskie cranks, will all work here. Try using a fluorocarbon leader to get fussier fish to bite.
This Hotspot is a great area for Muskie, with the odd Northern Pike and Bass thrown in as well. This is a classic example of a breakline on the deep edge of a big shallow weedy bay. Game-fish will traverse from Edward to Chicken Islands, all the while searching for food. Casting & trolling are both effective. If you’re looking for a giant fish, then use the biggest baits you have. If however you’re looking just to get bit, downsize to something considered big for bass, or small for Pike & Muskie.
This is our 100th Hotspot, so we thought we would make it a doozy! It’s a dropoff right smack dab in the middle of the French River in Ontario. Muskie’s patrol this area searching for food. This is the kind of spot that can be either cast or trolled, it’s up to you. The key here is to cover lots of water … and don’t hesitate to run a high riding lure over 40, or even 50 feet of water. As we said in the show that we shot there, always finish every retrieve with some kind of circular motion like a figure 8 “just in case” you miss seeing a follower. Have a big net, as well as pliers and cutters on hand and remember to treat these giants with the reverence they deserve. Always release big Muskie!
Today, we’re gonna talk about what muskie fishermen call “figure eighting”. Muskies are known to follow baits right up to the boat. The figure 8 is the final enticement before you lift the lure and re-cast. Typically, you look for following muskies during the retrieve, but you may not always see them, so do this […]
June’s HotSpot is a Muskie magnet, located at the mouth of Nogies Creek on Pigeon Lake. This is the edge of a weedline where the flat drops into deeper water. Troll the edge in 8-13 feet with Big Jointed minnow baits or In-line Bucktail Spinners, also a 34 0Z jig head with a Yamamoto swim bait works well. Hold On tight as these fish are strong from holding in the creeks high current flow in the spring.
If fishing is slow, try casting top water baits over the shallow weedflat in the early evening.
This is a Hotspot on what is classed as one of Ontario’s premiere fishing destinations, Lake Nipissing. This great body of water is not only a Walleye factory, but a Pike, Muskie & Smallmouth factory as well. The Hotspot is on the deep side of a hump which is in the vicinity of a series of other humps. By dragging a jig and minnow, you could do well here. It’s primarily a Walleye spot but don’t be surprised if something else nails you!
We’re getting back into Muskie time and we’re heading back to one of Ontario’s premiere Muskie lakes, Pigeon. This waypoint isn’t that far from one of out previous ones but we did want to add it in. Since the water is somewhat deeper here, you can expect to see and or catch larger fish here. Trolling is a great method here and big Bass sized to medium Muskie sizes Spinnerbaits… yeah Spinnerbaits get our nod here. Don’t be afraid to get that lure close to the boat.