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I know this can be a very emotional subject,
but what are your opinions on C&R of Muskie?
The guideman is a believer in total C&R, I
always inform my clients that this is my
policy. I will photo and take mesurments so they can have a replica made, but all fish go back.
And please remember to keep it friendly guys
Ok!

Guideman.

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I agree with C&R , With todays modern mounts
there isn't a need to take the fish to have it mounted.So far,my best fish was a 45 incher.Lots of fish in the high 30's ,but still looking for one to have a mount made for!!

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hey we have no problem with c&r. i'm still trying to figure out how to catch one. but we turn loose almost all of the northern and bass that we hook, but we shouldn't condem those that do. just smile, bite your lip, tell them nice fish , and leave. you'll never change everbody,but the attitude is changing. del

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Good post Dell, I have said before that I am in favor of total C&R, but I agree that as long as you have caught a legal fish, and haven't exceded the limit, It's your choice
and your right to keep a fish.

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I recently picked up a few new rods from Bass Pro from the Pete Maina Signature series line and man are they SWEET!

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Backwater Eddy here saying theses rods aren't just for Musky nooooo more!

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Review.... ESOX ANGLER

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I had a very unusual experience last night. I was fishing for pike, and ended up getting my first musky. It was a 39" Tiger. Man what a thrill. I had one heck of a time getting it through the hole. It was released unharmed to swim again.

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I am not a real big muskie fan(they eat all the crappies dont ya know) kidding, but i have caught small ones, pretty hard hitters! and one larger one 48". Quite the tussle on four pound test. And i would never keep any muskie. I am a strong believer in personal choice on keep or release, but i dont see much value in keeping one. I fish michigan for the big kings, so do see the value of large fish in lakes, they are a blast to catch. I may be wrong(imagine that!) but i think most all muskies are stocked fish? At least originally in lakes, and not really for that many years. I would also wonder how many naturally reproduce, or to an extent to perpetuate the species in many lakes. They are stocked, and restocked. It all sort of reminds me of the "native" steelhead on superior. These are fish in low populations and need to all be released, and i think people sort of feel that way about muskies, like if they keep one it render the species extinct. Muskies can be replaced, and are every year, the hatchery has lots of them. The dnr is not greenpeace, it stocked the muskies with the intent that people would keep them, as they do with all fish in the state, fish are a renewable resource. If only a big fish is a good fish to anyone i would say they are spoiled not sportsman. A suggestion perhaps,,ask the dnr to clip the fins on half they stock, and make them release only? Maybe this has been tried, i dont know...good luck..

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What does "bump" mean?

Last year was my best ever, highlited by a 49.5" 10 casts after my buddy caught a 48". That will never happen again. I gave a little thought to stepping on its tail while pulling like crazy on its head to squeek out another 1/2", but thought the fish might not appreciate it (obviously, not serious thought). I had always worried about catching a 49.5", cuz I wanted a 50 on the wall (replica), but since it was a neat fish to catch (4 tailwalks) I am having it made anyway. I saw a couple of posts by Eddy about rods, so I thought I would throw my 2 cents in. Thorne Bros custom rods are the best I have ever seen. You see a lot of "custom" rods out there that are some hack building a rod in his basement, but these are professionally built. You can get whatever action/length/handle configuration you want. In reply to the C&R question, I always C&R, and I will politely ask people who think they should keep them why they want to do that. As someone had said, attitudes are changing, but we need to help change them, just make sure to do it in a nice way. If they get mad right away, forget about it since you will never change their mind, but many people are open to hearing C&R ideas.

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When someone posts a response, it "bumps" the thread topic to the top of the list I think.

Or else, Rick was "bumpin'" the lure off a muskie's nose smile.gif

[This message has been edited by Dave (edited 01-18-2001).]

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In reply to muskies being stocked by the DNR with the intent of harvesting. I would guess the DNR stocks muskies knowing muskie angler's on the whole release the majority of the fish they catch. I believe the DNR will only stock muskies in a lake after finding there is a need for more predation. This could be due to a number of reason's, such as, a low pike population or a die off of predators.

Just like the shark, the muskie gets a bad rap. There are stories of small dogs to children being eaten (okay I'll give you the small dogs). The fact is the muskie diet contains mostly whitefish, ciscoes, and suckers in northern lakes. This is based on scientific studies. Granted they do eat walleyes and crappies, but these and other fish make up less than 25% of their diet. They are a creature of opportunity. If your bringing in a struggling walleye, the dinner bell rings.

Even with catch and release there is mortality. Fish get gill hooked, over stressed, and handled improperly. There is also the non muskie angler who catches a legal muskie and keeps it. It is probably the biggest fish they ever will catch and therefore is a trophy to them. I have no problems with this.

Most of what people say when bad mouthing the muskie or muskie angler is myth. But then again, I am afflicted with the disease of muskie fever and can see it no other way. Good luck in your fishing adventures.

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HI I am sorry for getting off the C-R subject since that seems to be the way this topic is going but I just wanted to share this fish tail. I was out on cedar lake just north of hwy 19 in my 14ft lund and 5hp motor the weather was hot and calm so I headed out from the access on the east side of the lake and went to the other side since everyone knows you cant catch fish unless you go to the other side of the lake right! I trolled that big old bucktail for a wile then decided to cast into the weeds. I was having a great time and lots of fish. Then towards the end of the afternoon the wind started to pickup a little [6-7kts]and I was pretty sunburned so I decided to call it a day and headed back and that's when my day got interesting. half way across the waves where almost as high as the boat so I slipped on my life vest and floored it. The DNR was watching me come in because some bigger boats where saying that it was getting bad out there and they said that they almost came after me when they started to see the bow going below the height of the waves. I was in the navy so the waves didn't bother my but the lack of power was a little concerning, at the bottom of the crest the wave would splash in a little[not fun in a 14ft boat]. but after I passed that point that jets out the water was like glass and the pucker factor went way down. After docking and pulling up the DNR came over to see if I was ok and to give me some late advice, that was nice right. Even though that lake is not that deep the wind really moves the water out in the middle and now I just head to french on the windy days when I have the urge to pull on a muskie, and stay buy the edge. O and on top of that I lost my best bucktail to a pesky northern and that 15$ muskie killer in the weeds so back to fleet farm for me.

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David, i do see all nonendangered fish as a renewable resource, and i am very fortunate i guess, in that i can catch 30# salmon, and the next day be just as happy catching little sunfish off a dock. To me, every fish is a trophy, and every outing is that trip of a lifetime. I make the most of every trip, and it really is my passion. The WHOLE trip,,,the getting ready, anticipation, planning with a buddy, making a lunch, getting out on the water, looking at the lake, the birds, shoreline, weeds. I have been blessed with an ability to catch fish, since a very young age, and everyone i know asks me, "arnt you tired of fishing yet?" the answer is no. About the muskies eating all the crappies? I have no idea what impact they have, i guess it would depend on the lake, numbers and such. I made the comment cause i knew it would get someone going, it is a very widespread myth. People who dont even fish seem to know some how that muskies eat all other fish in lakes. I just find it funny. Go figure,,,Why do muskie fisherman love winter? Gives their casting arm a well needed rest! Good luck,,

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Does anybody have a good idea on how to build a box to store all these large muskie baits. Or who sells a good box.

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Rollie and Helens should have them. You can visit them at: http://www.muskyshop.com/ .

Gander Mountain also carries them as well as Reeds Tackle in Walker, Minnesota. Reeds has a web site but I do not have the address handy.

I believe Plano and Flambeau manufacture large musky boxes.

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I wouldn't mess with a muskie box. You want those lures, mainly bucktails to dry out in the open air so they don't start to rot and fall apart. I have cut pvc pipe into 10-12 inch lengths, hot glued them together and then tied a rope around them and stood them up on end and put the lure in hanging by the back hook. This way if you need to swap lures, you just reach down and grab one without messing with a tackle box. I use 2 in pipe for mine and have about 7 tied together for my muskie lure storage. I still have yet to catch a muskie however...

Maybe this year...

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I still use the old heavy duty styrofoam cooler. I've popped a few weap holes in the bottom in the event of rain, and find that my baits stay in perfect shape despite always being exposed to the elements. If my memory serves me I've been using the same cooler for better than 10 years.
One word of caution though, if you have little kids around keep that musky box well out of reach. I think if a kid were to reach in there you probably wouldn't find em' again till next season.
You know, I love ice fishing, it's right in there as one of my favorite outdoor activities, but the thought of that first violent boil of water behind a surface musky bait, well it just gets my heart a racin'. I can hardly wait to chase muskies again.
Heh! That reminds me. I just watched a Joe Bucher show the other day and he was pitchin' a "Bucher surface raider". I haven't run across these anywhere before. Has anybody out there seen them in the northern end of Minnesota yet?

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Her it is Andy all you need to do is go to show all topics

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I need some information about early Muskie fishing on Mille lacs. I know that there are muskies in the bays on the south end early in the year but are there any other spots I should try. What baits seem to work the best this time of year and what times of the day.
Thanks AJ

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andy j,

Use big redtail chubs with two trebble hooks fished under a bobber. When a fish hits let the fish take the bait for at least 15 minutes. This way you know they will have swallowed the hooks and they will not be able to get off. You may pick up some nice walleyes fishing this technique also. tongue.gif

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I hope you will keep in mind that several thousand people read this forum; for information and enjoyment. Smartass comments serve neither purpose but they do reveal the author's immaturity and lack of life experience. Next time you're tempted, get off the forum and go play solitare.

[This message has been edited by DickUrban (edited 03-27-2001).]

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TO CAOPYSAM, I DONT KNOW WAIR YOU LIVE BUT I JUST BOUGHT ONE LAST MONTH AT FLEET FARM IN BRAINERD. THE NAME OF THE LURE IS A DANCIN RAIDER. GOOD LUCK IN FINDING ONE.

AS FOR YOU CISCOKIDZ, YOUR NOT A SPORTSMAN YOUR A KILLER. PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE KILLING OUR FISHERY. DONT LISTEN TO HIM ANDY.

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      Bluegill - Good: Good numbers of large angler acceptable size fish being caught. Channel Catfish - Good: Report of a good fall bite with large angler acceptable size fish being caught. 

      Lost Island Lake
      Yellow Bass - Good: Reports of yellow bass being caught with black crappie and yellow perch up to 10 inches mixed in the catch. Use small lures such as a twister tail or hair jigs. Bluegill - Good: Recent surveys show numbers of fish approaching 7 inches in the lake. Black Crappie - Good: Reports of fish being caught from the lake. Look for the bite to continue. Anglers are catching yellow perch and crappie from the shore. Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite has started. Use traditional baits during "prime time". Yellow Perch  - Fair: Some fish are being caught in the evening from shore with walleyes mixed into the catch. Ocheyedan Pit #1
      Channel Catfish - Good: Recent surveys show good numbers of 17 -23 inch channel catfish.  Silver Lake (Dickinson)
      Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite is on. Troll crankbaits during the day; wader fishing is your best chance to catch trophy size fish.  Spirit Lake
      Walleye - Good: The fall walleye bite has started with action improving. Wader angler action has picked up with the best bite during the evening. Yellow Perch - Good: Good numbers of fish are being caught with sorting needed; anglers continue to harvest numbers of angler acceptable size fish. Use mini jigs tipped with wigglers or a minnow. Northern Pike - Good: Angler reports of northern pike action on the lake; best area is where there is flow into the lake.  West Okoboji Lake
      Bluegill - Good: Rock piles in deeper water with stands of aquatic growth will produce good numbers of angler acceptable sized fish.  For more information throughout the week, contact the Spirit Lake Fish Hatchery at 712-336-1840. 
    • SOUTHEAST IOWA FISHING REPORTS Environmental Discovery Park North Pond
      The fall trout release will be Oct. 27th at 10 am; 1000 trout will be released with 100 trout tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout - Excellent: Two weeks to go until the release  Iowa River (Columbus Junction to Mississippi River)
      NOAA is forecasting the Iowa River to still be above flood stage through the end of next week. Lake Belva Deer
      Still plenty of water leaving the lake. Water clarity is almost back to normal. Water temperature is in the low to mid 50's. Black Crappie - Fair: Cappies are sticking to the deeper water; drift the lower end of the lake. Start in 16 to 18 feet of water and work your way into shallower water until you find fish. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Picking up a few bass in the more shallow water along the rocks and gravel bottom areas.   Lake Darling
      Water level is still about 6 inches above normal. Water clarity continues to improve. Water temperature is in the low 50's.Bluegill - Fair: On the less windy days, anglers are catching some nice bluegills in 5 to 8 feet of water around the habitat. Black Crappie - Slow: Anglers are starting to once again catch some crappies, but they have moved back out to deeper water (10-12 feet). Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching some decent bass in fairly close to shore; use a little flash to the lure with the water clarity. Lake of the Hills
      The fall trout release of 2000 trout is scheduled for Oct. 20th at 10:30 am; there will be 200 tagged trout for prizes. Rainbow Trout - Good: Since the river is still going to be above flood stage, why not try a little trout fishing this Saturday?  Lost Grove Lake
      Bluegill - Fair: Get back into the standing flooded timber out of the wind; look for fish to be in 6 to 8 feet of water. Maybe a little shallower on the north side when it’s sunny. Black Crappie - Fair: Still are out in deeper water; they should start moving in shallower if the weather calms down. Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
      The river is off the boat ramp parking lot at Brighton and continues to drop. Level is still above flood stage. Wilson Lake
      The fall trout release is scheduled for Oct. 27th at noon; 1000 trout released with 200 tagged for prizes. Rainbow Trout - Good: One week to go!  For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430. Central Park Lake
      The lake is full after the renovation project; fingerling fish have been stocked.  Coralville Reservoir
      The lake level is at 711' (normal pool is 683.4') on 10/18. This is the crest height; the lake is predicted to slowly start falling after the weekend. Diamond Lake
      The lake is at normal level, but is still a little muddy. Minnows are not allowed here. Bluegill - Fair: Use small worms or jigs tipped with worms. Black Crappie - Fair: Anglers are catching fish off the jetties. Jigs tipped with worms work best. Most fish are 8-9 inches.    Kent Park Lake
      The lake is currently drained for a lake restoration project.  Lake Macbride
      The motor restriction is off; any sized motor may be used at no-wake speed (5 mph). Water temperatures have been in the mid 50's. The fish cleaning station at the primitive campground has been shut down. Black Crappie - Fair: Use jigs or minnows over brush or rock. There are a lot of 12 inch fish right now. Walleye - Fair: Troll crankbaits in 8-14 feet of water. The shallow water bite should pick up along windblown rock especially towards evening. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair: Try topwater baits early and late then troll during the day.  Pleasant Creek Lake
      The lake is still about 1 feet low. The fish cleaning station is closed. White Bass – Fair. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Fair. Bluegill - Fair: Fish along weed lines in 7-9 feet of water. For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.   Lake Keomah
      Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait near shore and around the fishing jetties. Black Crappie - Fair: Try a jig tipped with a minnow around deep structure. Try different depths until you find active fish. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use stink bait or chicken liver. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast the shoreline with spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Try a rubber worm or a crawdad imitation around the fishing jetties and along the dam.  Lake Miami
      Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast crankbaits or spinnerbaits around the cedar tree piles and the fishing jetties. Try also rubber worms or other plastic along the rip-rapped shorelines and in the cedar tree piles. Bluegill - Fair: Use a chunk of night crawler along the fishing jetties or around the cedar tree piles. Black Crappie - Fair: Try jig and minnow combinations around the cedar tree piles.  Lake Sugema
      The south boat ramp off of Highway 2 has been reopened. The north ramp is now closed due to a construction project.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Cast the shorelines with crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Use crawdad imitations along the rip-rapped shorelines and the fishing jetties.  Black Crappie - Slow: Try different depths with minnows and jigs until you find active fish. Drift or use a slip bobber and a minnow. Bluegill - Fair: Try live bait tipped on a small jig around the shorelines and fishing jetties. Keep moving until you find active fish. Walleye - Slow: Use a nightcrawlers rig or a jig and minnow combination along the dam.  Lake Wapello
      Channel Catfish - Fair: Use chicken liver or night crawlers; look for areas with some water flow. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast spinnerbaits or crankbaits around the cedar tree piles. Try crawdad imitations along the rip-rapped shorelines. Bluegill - Fair: Cast small jigs tipped with a chunk of night crawler around the aquatic vegetation. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift or troll jigs tipped with a minnow in 6-10 feet of water.  Ottumwa Park Pond South
      Trout will be stocked on Friday, Oct. 26th at 11 a.m. Rathbun Reservoir
      The current lake level is 912.07 msl. Normal operating elevation is 904.0 msl. The lake has risen over 6 feet since last week, so be aware of floating debris. Lake Rathbun has zebra mussels, so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry equipment before transporting to another water body. Channel Catfish - Fair: Use night crawlers or chicken liver in coves or areas with some water running into the lake. White Crappie - Fair: Try minnows around structure. Look for submerged trees and stumps.. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) - Fair: Troll crankbaits along rocky shorelines and around rock piles. Follow the gulls as they will be where the schools of hybrid striped bass are feeding. Try also vertically jigging spoon baits around rock piles. Walleye - Slow: Use night crawler rigs or jig and minnows around rock piles and submerged points.  Red Haw Lake
      Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast the shorelines using rubber worms or spinnerbaits. Black Crappie - Fair: Use tube jigs along the shorelines; try tipping the jig with a minnow . Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs tipped with live bait along the shorelines and around the fishing jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try night crawlers or chicken liver around the fishing jetties and the outer edge of the lily pads.  The district includes Mahaska, Lucas, Wayne, Monroe, Appanoose, Wapello, Davis and Van Buren counties. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions about fishing in south central Iowa.   Mississippi River Pool 16 Fishing Reports
      Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport is 16.21 feet and has been falling this past week. Flood stage for Lock and Dam 15 is 15 feet. Many of the boat ramps are inaccessible due to the high water. The ramps at Marquette St, Credit Island, Clark's Ferry, Shady Creek, and Fairport are all under water. Fishing has been slow with the high-water conditions.  Mississippi River Pool 17
      Tailwater stage is 16.92 feet at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine and has been falling this past week. Flood stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 15 feet.The ramps at Big Timber and Kilpeck are closed due to high-water. Fishing has been slow.  Mississippi River Pool 18
      Tailwater stage is 19.19 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and is falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. The Toolsboro landing is closed due to high water. The Hawkeye Dolbee ramps will be underwater. The Ferry Landing is closed. Fishing has been slow with the high-water conditions.  Mississippi River Pool 19
      Tailwater stage is 15.26 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and is falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. River stage is still above flood stage throughout the pools. River levels have been falling this past week. Most boat ramps are under water due to the flooding conditions. Fishing has been slow with the high water conditions. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
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