When fishing muskellunge be prepared, these superly aggressive predators are powerful fighters that can test even the most skilled fishermen and are considered to be the ultimate gamefish. Their fearsome reputation comes from their powerful, long bodies and huge head full of razor sharp teeth. Muskies are so aggressive it is common to find them striking at a largemouth bass or walleye that is already hooked. Muskies are less adaptable than pike because they require clearer water and a higher oxygen pocket.
Muskies have a variable genetic make-up, with three distinct color phases: spotted, barred and clear. These varieties are not considered sub-species though. Since muskies are stocked widely, all three of these color phases can be found throughout the muskies range.
Muskies have a light green to silver body with darker spots or bars and a sharper tailfin. Sometimes they will have dark markings on their tails, other times they will not. They have dozens of local names, some include lunge and muskellunge.
Muskies may live up to 12 years in warmer lakes and streams. In colder waters muskies have a longer life span and can live up to 30 years. Muskies grow quickly, a 10 year old musky is likely to weigh 20 pounds.
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Muskie will strike at anything that comes near them and are considered opportunists. They will mostly eat other fish but will not limit themselves to just fish. They have been known to eat frogs, mice, ducklings and even muskrats. If you are worried about size of the lure, do not. Muskies commonly take in fish cylindrical in shape and about half their body size. The pike family (which includes musky) all have long sharp teeth with an edge as sharp as a razor that can easily cut through your line. They do not lose their teeth in the summer as some people believe but their teeth will break off only to be replaced by new ones quickly.The Keel Difference - Prey
The contrast of the white belly to the color of the lure makes this both a good catch for musky in either low or bright lighting. The rolling action of the lure from side to side will allow the musky to see the movement of the prey lure above it. If low lighting, the white belly and the added flash off the keel will catch the attention of the musky. In brighter lighting, the shadow from the contrasting color of the lure will make it visible to the bass. The kicking tail movement and rolling action also mimic the action of a wounded minnow which triggers the musky to strike at its weak opponent.Temperature
Musky are considered cool water fish and usually prefer waterway temperatures in the mid 60s to low 70s. Musky females will spawn when the water warms up to 49º to 59ºF. Musky females will also spawn in deeper waters. Musky will not stay behind to guard the young.The Keel Difference - Temperature
The Reel Keel™ comes in different diving depths and can suspend at different depths for all your musky fishing needs. Even those hard to get musky will be caught with the Reel Keel's hard-bodied, robust, uniquely customized fishing lures. These are anglers favorite fishing lures that catch the even the rawest of fish!
These are what our Pro Fishermen recommend for Muskie. You may find other colors that work for you in your particular location. The lures listed below are the #400 SERIES ONLY. For our full color listing and #300 Series, head over to our Fishing Store.
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