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i am a novice muskie angler, only having caught 3. i am somewhat unclear on how to locate them. i already know you can find them on edges where water goes shallow to deep or deep to shallow, or off of points. but that's about it. do they inhabit weedbeds with the same frequency as northerns, are they there throughout the summer? i could go on, but you get the picture. also, if anybody knows anything about fishing the new cumberland stretch of the susquehana, let me know. from what i hear it's good, but don't know where to go or what to do. thanks
The new cumberland area of the susky is one of the easiest places to catch a muskie.When the water temps hit the upper 60 degree mark look for muskies anywhere from the railroad culvert about 200 yards above hawk rock down to the two big islands downriver.These fish are very easy to locate due to the coldwater influence from yellow breeches creek that flows along that shoreline.Surface water temps will be about 5 to 7 degrees colder along that shoreline in summer.You will be fishing in about 3 to 8 feet of water most of the time.Throw bucktails in Orange blade/blackhair,chartreuse blade/chartreuse hair or a natural silver blade/black or white hair.Topwater baits will work as will a 6 to 8 inch minnow bait twitched a foot or two under the surface.
June 23, 2004
That 6 to 8 inch twitch bait should probably be a Warner Bait, made by steve w (as in Warner). Steve's baits are very well made and there have been many Muskie caught them. I like his natural patterns, though a Fire Tiger is a good bait to have in your arsenal in the summer.
Good luck on catching those Susky fish!
Capt. Dieter Scheel http://www.BigDRiverGuide.com