French River, Ontario (Muskie)

Location: French River, Ontario
GPS: N46º 11.041′ W79º 51.548′
Species: Muskie

This Hotspot is a trolling area for Muskie on the French River. Unless you intimately know the French River and all of its 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 seems 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.

Baits: Big Muskie Crankbaits
Presentation: Troll Covering
Water depth: 12-30 feet

3 Replies to “French River, Ontario (Muskie)”

    1. Parlez-vous français, you ask? Oui Monsieur!….Well, not exactly to the point of carrying on a comprehendible conversation, but interacting with one of these “Muskie Monstrosities” in the French River shouldn’t require a translator.

      This “Toothy Torpedo” as you all know, is quite elusive, putting the frustration level in the “Red Zone” or even the “Twilight Zone”, depending on your eagerness to land one of the brutes. A lot of highly talented fishermen, after a long day out on the water, have gone home disappointed and wondering, what was I thinking? Where did it all go wrong? Do I really posses the expertise to out smart this creature?…..Yeah you do! Everyone does!

      I have stated previously, “Think outside the “Angling Bubble”, beyond what you determine to be logical”. You have all heard the saying, “A square peg will never fit into a round hole.” So, if I told you it can and will fit, you would all think I was completely off my rocker! Well, Lads and Lasses, never say never! A square peg will fit into a round hole, if square peg is small enough or round hole is large enough….Do you get the picture?….Good. That was easy, eh?

      Back a few paragraphs, I mentioned how highly talented fishermen, and we all assume we are somewhere among that group, can frustrate themselves to no end. Don’t sweat the small stuff, man….Talent is actually cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented fisherman from the successful one, is a lot of hard work. Yeah, hard work, persistence and dogged determination.

      So you see? That Marauding Muskie is a lot easier to catch when you burst your “Angling Bubble”. That goes double for every other species of fish.

      Now…that was easy, eh!?

  1. Hang on a minute! My “Angling Bubble” is about to explode!….

    Angling enthusiasts everywhere constantly complain out of sheer frustration how the supposedly elusive Muskellunge, portrayed as the fish of a thousands casts, has become our nemesis of sorts. Testing our psychological resources to the limits and straining our logistic abilities to insane proportions. Well, this presents a good reason to think outside your “Angling Bubble” once again.

    In the animal kingdom there are creatures that hunt in packs. Others prefer a solitary lifestyle, marking and protecting their territory. Fish are no different. Many species form schools for protection against predators, while several are lone hunters of the deep….like the shark.

    It would be logical to assume the Muskellunge falls into the lone hunter category. This behemoth prefers to be scattered around a specific water body marking and protecting it’s territory, even from us wayward fishermen. (Only amassing for spawning purposes.) They are not actually evading your offerings but in a sense guarding their home turf out of aggression. Specifically on the rare occasion when they do take your bait, it may be their last resort to rid themselves of the irritation. That little pea sized brain telling the fish “If it won’t leave you alone, EAT IT !!

    Let me give you an example. Just out of curiosity, I baited a hook with a worm and pitched it into the spawning bed of a Pumpkinseed Sunfish. I was amazed with the reaction. The fish picked up the worm in it’s mouth, swam a few feet away and then spit it out. What the…..! Yeah, a fish refusing a worm!!…. I also observed it becoming quite aggressive toward other Sunfish that dared to draw near. In reality, the fish was protecting it’s territory, even though they normally form schools.

    The Muskellunge, one of these loners of the “Dihydrogen Monoxide World” has been pursued through the ages by casting every lure known to man with little thought as to their behavior pattern. Let me repeat, they are not actually evading your offering but are scattered around the specific water body you happen to be fishing while guarding their hunting territory. As you see, most successful “Musky” anglers troll their baits while covering a much larger area. Hunting down the hunters by paying them a visit in the own watery home. Going where they live not where you think they should be.

    So boys and girls, power up the “Merc”! “Troll” on out to their “structurally” sound “cityscape”. The results should be quite “neighbourly”.

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