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Hi guys. Im heading with the family to West Battle for the first time in middle of september. We are out to catch some Pike and maybe some muskie. I have never actually fished for muskie so im not expecting much. Anyway just wondering if anyone could give me some tips on some good spots for that time of year? Maybe what kind of lures work well? Im not familiar with the lake at all but i do have a map. Thanks for any responses.

Tom

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Well, it can be a tough lake for ski's. There are some big girls in there though. Trolling seems to be a good way to go out there. I've done OK this season on WBL, but I haven't really been out since we have had the really hot weather. But, by that time, Sept, they should be starting to put on the feed bag a little.

As far as casting goes, just focus an fishy areas. That's usually where they live. There's so much structure in that lake that it would be hard to actually describe any spots.

As far as northerns go there some good ones in there. I've caught some real good fish, up to 39", out there. But, there usually just bycatch from muskie fishing. But, trolling bucktails and big spinerbaits seem to be a good way get both.

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Thanks crankbait for the info. Id love to hook into a nice pike, its been a while. What do you think a good trolling speed would be in september?

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Well, northerns I would trolling a little slower, 2.5-3mph. Or whatever is going to keep your lure out of the cabbage. Muskie I tend to go from 3-4mphs, or faster depending how deep I'm trolling.

That time of year casting on key structural areas for ski's is probably the best approach, and then move to more open water trolling around those same key structures.

Don't be affriad to go up in the reeds and cast either. I don't do it that often, but it can be effective. Especially on that lake at that time of year.

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