Pollock Guide Service - Fishing Report
Fishing - A Northern Minnesota Tradition

Date: August 6, 2013

The muskie bite has been good as we reach the summer peak. Most traditional muskie baits have been working. Burning blades over weeds and working topwaters over reefs have been effective. Working big rubber over deep humps and shallow saddle areas has also produced fish. Trolling large crankbaits has been another productive option. The muskies' metabolism is going full guns right now and speed is an awesome trigger. High, low 'em with one speed bait up high and one running low and slow.

Pay attention to solar lunar events and fish them. The more sets and rises and feeding windows you stack in an outing, the better your chances at success. I've done well on the night bite this season, but daytime has produced as well. Water temps are running 67-68 on the surface which is cool for early August. It's also a lot easier on the muskies. When water temps hit that mid to upper 70 degree range, you start seeing floaters from poor handling of the fish...

This has simply been an outstanding season for friends and clients. My friend Jay boated his first muskie- A 54 inch pig and a couple days later, a 52 inch fatty as part of a 4 fish trip for us. My friend John boated a 52 incher-His first muskie. These guys are probably wrecked. Clients Ray and Keith had a 3 fish trip which included Keith's first-a 45 incher. Ray had gotten his first with me last year. Pretty cool stuff! Client Matt from Philadelphia caught a 48.5 inch beast-His first muskie with his Dad Steve watching and he boated a 44 incher the next night. And of course the fabled Vermilion sunsets... Too many firsts and personal bests to sort through right now but a good problem to have...

Have a fun and safe time on the water. Catch a big one and let it go. Let all the muskies go.


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