Muskies Love Fall in Pewaukee
With the cooler weather in fall, it is the perfect time to try your luck at catching the elusive Muskie. The water is cooler, most of the pleasure craft have been stored for the winter and Muskie can be found in deep or shallow parts of the lake. There’s a good chance you’ll find a Muskie on Pewaukee Lake, it’s home to the largest Muskie population in southeastern Wisconsin.
The average-sized fish is about 34–inches, but every once in a while someone manages to snag a 50–plusser. They thrive on Pewaukee Lake because there is an abundance of Yellow Perch, Black Crappie and Bluegills to forage, and the DNR propagation program provides an excellent muskellunge product that is stocked annually.
Those who have caught this elusive fish more than likely have a fish tale to tell about how, where and what to use when trying to boat a Muskie, but most agree on the following tips:
- Open Water.Muskies do roam in open water and will chase schools of bait fish. The best methods for fishing include trolling crank baits, casting jerk baits or jigging large plastics. It also helps to look for areas where there are shoals and drop offs.
- Muskies like weedy areas, but in the fall, try to avoid dying weed beds and areas that lack enough oxygen for fish to live there. Green weeds are key to shallow water fall fishing.
- River/Creek Mouths.Some baitfish, like ciscoes, spawn in creeks in the fall and where there’s food, there’s Muskie.
- Rocky Points.Rocky points can be fish magnets, especially in the fall, and M muskies like to use the rocks as ambush points.
- Baits are a personal choice among anglers, but for fall, many say the bigger the better and to have at least 80 to 100 pound line. Most of the time, anglers catch and release Muskie, and in fact, it’s the law if the fish is under 40 inches. To make the most of your adventure, have all of your release equipment nearby. You’ll need a landing net and needle-nosed pliers to release the jaw.
It can take hours, days, years, heck, a lifetime to catch a trophy Muskie, so many fishermen rely on the expertise of fishing guide Mike Koepp to increase their chances of catching the big one. If you want to venture out on your own, public boat launch spots are available along Pewaukee Lake. Bring a friend and come check out Muskie fishing in Pewaukee this fall.