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March 26, 2004
I just got a book that some of you may be interested in. It's by Fishing Hot Spots, and is called "Muskie: Premier Waters of North America". It is 240 pages long. The first 50 pages are an overview of the history and current state of the muskie fishery. The rest of the book is a description of what FHS deems the best 50-something muskie lakes, including some simple maps, fishing tips, and other information. Each lake gets a few pages, with the type of commentary that you would find on an FHS map and a high-level map of the lake (if you actually go to the lake, you will need to buy a better map).
They did a pretty good job of hitting all of the biggies and covering alot of waters in alot of states. The only PA water in the book was Pymatuning. One could argue that Greenwood should have been included as well, but it doesn't have the history of most of the other included lakes.
If you're considering a trip to big fish water somewhere, it's a great place to learn a little bit about a bunch of lakes to help you narrow down your search. I got it because one day I will get to go on a real fishing vacation again, and I'm trying to decide if I want to go to Eagle, LOTW, Leech,.....you get the picture.
I'm not advertising for FHS; I just think it's a good book. Even though the copyright is 2002, I didn't know it existed until last week. I ordered it through their website for $26.
May 19, 2004