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How Smart Are Muskies?
June 15, 2004
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Food for thought...an article in June/July Muskie Hunter


it is in pdf format, so you'll need adobe acrobat reader installed, which mostly everyone has these days.

Any thoughts on this article?

June 16, 2004
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     Good article Arch.  I have a few thoughts on the issue:

     1)  The study was done with bass and not muskies.
     2)  These were, in effect, domesticated fish.
     3)  They were shown "similar" baits in the study.  Is
           that two different patterns of the same bait?  Did
           the baits have the same action?
     4)  Would this also apply to fish that were caught on
           live bait?  If so, would they avoid natural forage
           and starve to death?  I doubt it.
     5)  Is the fact that there are so few "supertankers"
          being caught because of their acquired intelligence
          or, in fact, because we really have no way to
          gauge how many fish are being kept?

     It is my personal belief that the majority of a musky's actions are based on instinct.  As with any predator, that survives for an extended period of time, they will only strike if the setting is such that nothing seems out of the ordinary.  Of course if they see a big form, in colors that don't look nature, looming above them they will know that something is not right and will turn away.  But to actually credit them with a sense of reasoning seems a bit far fetched to me.  Just my two cents worth.



June 16, 2004
3:23 pm

Hi New here!

As was mentioned before I think if something is out of the ordinary they will turn off like a light.

Maybe they would get an education on one lure, but there are hundreds of different lures I dont think one musky has had them all.

June 16, 2004
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Yo Arch,

Why waste the cichlids...just throw the Muskies in with them and watch the fun begin. Unless you think they'll become conditioned to eat only cichlids. 😉



June 16, 2004
11:37 pm

never read the article (I even have an english degree) but judging from the responses, i think those muskies are pretty dam smart. they didn't bite any of my lures today. Non of them wanted to even come out and show themselves let alone playing! I showed them everything in both boxes at every speed imaginable.

Notta nothing. brylinski got 3 like he always does. man o man

go figure????

chris gatley

June 17, 2004
8:09 pm

thanks archie, finally I found people who love musky fishing as much as myself.

I wouldnt rule out that they may stay away after caught on the same lure a couple of times.

I think the muskies in the aquarium thing would tell all.

IMO I just think in a controlled enviroment you probably could teach the fish what to eat and what not to.
In the wild waters?? Im not sure.

June 26, 2004
4:42 pm

What is out of the ordinary???I.ve caught muskies on just about every coler including pink.Could it be that when these fish are hungery they eat.Maybe a weather pattern sparks a feed or a full moon combined with a weather pattern.I think a lot of pressure can make these fish warry but when its time to feed,it wont matter what you toss.The difference between one fish days and multiple fish days might be getting them to eat when they are nutral.Then again if the feeding window last for a couple of hours a multiple fish day hindges on how well you can hook em.Bob

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