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So i just got home in the morning from working an OT midnight shift and havent slept since who knows when. All night all i could think about was strategy for my upcoming fishing trip in late june.

The lake we are headed to has some muskies and my buddy said his friend caught two 40+ inchers in the lake last summer.

Ive never fished for muskies but here is what i gathered from listening and reading articles

I want to troll for em. My tackle is better equiped for it so there really isnt an option. The lake is mainly 15 to 25 ft deep and my plan was to target weed edges around ten feet. I had seen that a guy used a bucktail to do this so that was my first plan. If Im not successful I would try the 15-30 depth. If im trolling that deep what depth should i want my bait at? I was thinking somewhere around ten to fifteen or should I be at a different depth?

Thanks ahead of time for any advice and I will be sure to post pictures if im lucky enough to catch one (no matter what size)

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sounds like a crazy lake. I would say do yourself a favor and set yourself up for casting. You will cover a lot of water if you're primarily trolling, and I would highly reccomend trolling if you're going to be out for the night bite at all, but if you're really going to work those weedlines I'd have to reccomend that you cast bucktails and whatever else you're oomfortable to throw. Maybe borrow a setup from your buddy for the week.

also, throw some topwaters.

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When your trolling for muskie a general depth by many is 6 feet. Whether your in 10 feet or 30 feet of water muskie like most pretatory fish love to attack their prey from below. Therefore you dont want to be trolling to deep.

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If it's weed lines you're targeting, I would troll either a saftey pin style bucktail, or a Suick. The Suick can be tiring to fish for a long time, as you're constantly pumping forward abruptly and letting it fall back, but it can be very effective. Both lures will cover down to 6 feet depending on speed and length of line.

Another one of my favorites is the 10" jointed Believer on the shallow setting, which will cover between 10-12 feet.

I usually troll between 3-4 mph, and don't be afraid to try open water. I have caught many muskies in the middle of a particular lake over 50 feet of water.

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