The Musky

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.

What does The Keel SystemTM do?

  • Action mimics a distressed or injured bait fish.
  • Erratic movement makes it easier for Musky to spot its prey.
  • Added flash off keel for better visibility.
  • Will not spin even in the choppy water that Musky love.

The Musky and The Keel Difference


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.


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!


Our Recommended Lures for Muskie:

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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Black Headband Muskie Fishing LureBlack Headband Muskie Fishing Lure
HBRK401 Black on Silver
Black Stripe Muskie Fishing Lureblack Stripe Muskie Fishing Lure
SBK417 Black Stripe on Silver
Gold Headband Muskie Fishing LureGold Headband Muskie Fishing Lure
HBRK405 Gold on Silver
Gold Muskie Fishing LureGold Muskie Fishing Lure
SRK422 Black on Gold
Green Headband Muskie Fishing LureGreen Headband Muskie Fishing Lure
HBRK402 Green on Silver

Green Muskie Fishing LureGreen Muskie Fishing Lure
SRK419 Black on Green

Orange Headband Muskie Fishing LureOrange Headband Muskie Fishing Lure
HBRK404 Orange on Silver

Orange Muskie Fishing Lureorange Muskie Fishing Lure
SRK421 Black on Orange

Red Headband Muskie Fishing LureRed Headband Muskie Fishing Lure
HBRK403 Red on Silver

Red Muskie Fishing LureRed Muskie Fishing Lure
SRK420 Black on Red


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