Muskie Fishing Tackle & Equipment
Here at Andy Myers Lodge, we know a thing or two about what makes for a successful musky fishing trip. Because we’re experienced musky fishermen ourselves, we’re able to provide expert advice to our guests.
Proper equipment is required for correct presentation, ease of use, lessening of fatigue, and for fighting and quickly subduing large fish. Our recommendation for best all-season outfit is an 8-foot, 6-inch, heavy, fast action rod. A few recommended rods are the St. Croix Premier, Mojo, Legend Tournament, and Elite.
Our recommendation for reels includes a 50 or 60 series reel. A few specific examples are the Abu NACL or Abu Beast, Shimano Calcutta B or D, and Conquest. No matter which reel you choose, it should have a power handle. For the best results, choose a reel that is filled to the top of the spool with 80-pound Seaguar Threadlock braid or Berkley’s Fireline braid. The reel should be equipped with a 100 to 130-pound, 18-inch stealth tackle fluorocarbon leader.
There are some exceptions to these recommendations. If you’re fishing earlier in the season and using smaller bait, a medium-heavy, 65-pound braid would be a better option. When it comes to burning big blades—like the #10-13—pitching the biggest rubber, and jerking big minnow baits, a 9-foot XXH with a 100-pound limit is recommended. For trolling and live bait, specialized action and line counter reels can be used.
Muskie Lures and Bait
Blades are our top recommendation because they work well from the season opener through early September. Choose those with dark tails and matching highlights in gold, copper with gold, brown, or yellow.
Zig zag top waters are also a good choice, especially the Doc and One Eye, or a tail spinner, like the Pacemaker or Top Raider.
Recommended jerkbaits include the 10-inch Suick in firetiger, walleye, or black paired with a Phantom Soft Tail in hot perch.
If you’re fishing with crankbaits, opt for a jointed perch Depth Raider, walleye colored Triple D, or Grandmas or Jakes in tenn shad, gold foil, or hot perch.
Minnow baits in 7 to 8-inch lengths, like Slammers and Big Game in natural perch, sucker, and walleye patterns will be effective. Rubber baits, like the Bull Dawg, Big Joe, and Medussa in black, cisco, and walleye are also good choices. In the fall, try trolling Jakes, Grandmas, Musky Train MX, Headlocks, Depth Raiders, Believers, and Legends. Generally, hues of white, perch, brown, yellow, or gold baitfish should be your staples.
These recommendations will allow you to fish different structures, depths, and seasons. However, if you have been successful with other equipment, bait, or lures in the past, feel free to bring them along! Angler confidence is key, so no matter what you choose to fish with, make sure you bring along a little determination. And, of course, bring along a camera so you can prove to all your friends back home just how big that muskie really was!