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Muskies and the Reeds????

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Hey Guys,

I've got a question about the Muskies on Mantrap. I was curious if there is a reed bite on that lake. Because I have

been fishing that lake and there is some reeds and I was

wondering if in the fall do the muskies venture up into them

once the cabbage dies.

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yes they do. they love the reeds all year long, i have had success throwing oversized frog baits and buzz baits in the reeds. there is also a reed bite on Elk, i guided up there today for a half day and we had two fish miss buzz baits in the reeds, the only two fish we saw though, it was a guy and his wife and he was the only one fishing muskies he throw for about an hour and half. Jonah

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i have fished the lake for over 25 years and the best bait to use if you want to catch a ski out there is a black or yellow northland jig 1/2 to 3/4 oz with a sucker minnow about 8-10 inches long. troll this anywhere from 15 to 20 ft of water. the best we did out there is a 26.12# northern and a 42.0# muskie. the most we caught was 5 legal muskies in 3 hours, so you muskie hunters if you want a new technique try this, because i have always caught fish when i went out and i didnt have to say is well i had 2-4 follows instead you can say i caught this one. now is the time to be out there all the way up to freeze up. good luck smirk.gif

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Found your post, thanks! I'll not be fishing Mantrap, but hear that there are some good-sized northerns on 8th Crow Wing (where we ARE going)... so might try the 1/2oz size with 6-8" suckers...

Thanks again!

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Hey Muskybug, drop me a pm on your guide rates for Mantrap.StM

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