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JK Fisherman

Early season Harriet muskies

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JK Fisherman

Started fishing for muskies off and on last season and have yet to trigger a strike. usually been fishing from shore. what are some good baits and presentations?

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Riverfishin

I would fish harriet, I have seen several caight out of there.

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BigMike

One more thing, you might want to check the DNR regs or maybe someone can fill in the blanks a little, but I think I remember reading somewhere in the regs that musky opener isn't for a couple more weeks! If that is the case, you might want to hold off of the big musky baits or you may find yourself with a hefty ticket.

Someone feel free to correct me if I am wrong as I don't fish for musky.

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Doonbuggy

Muskie opener is this Saturday, 6/5.

Black bucktails have worked best for me in the past along with buzzbaits over the top of the milfoil.

They'll sit in there and come charging up and out if they want. Also a nice way to pick up some bass.

DB

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JK Fisherman

I know that opener isnt until this saturday. me and my friend are planning on going out on his boat on saturday and we were looking for some tips. anyways, thanks for the help.

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Trailblazin

JK - Fish shallow and use bucktails, top waters, and crankbaits, like the Crane bait or others like the Grandma's, etc....

Fish over the tops of weeds, in them, outside, etc..Start as shallow as you can and move out to 10 feet.

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JK Fisherman

Thanks trail blazin i will definitely use that advice. Good fishin!

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Aj10

Has anyone ever used a phantom?My dad got the walleye color and said it was great but had a horrible paint job,all the paint chiped away so hes gonna replace it and i got a crappie color phantom and im gonna try it out on opener which is my b day to.

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Doonbuggy

A mixed day on Harriet. Fished from 6-11am and it was great to be fishing in the middle of the city, but yet everything was quiet.

Saw five muskies, but none were via a follow. They were all in the milfoil and did not look aggressive. The biggest was about 12lbs, the next 7-8lbs and the other three were 4lbs or less.

Caught three bass, two of which were small, but did land a 19" bass on the north shore w/ a black buzzbait. She was deep in the milfoil and really smoked it.

The graph showed a lot of fish on the weededge and a touch out. Fished some for walleyes, but only got small nibbles.

One great spot that I found and held the larger muskie: in the SW corner of the lake there is a large drainpipe. 75' or so out from that you'll see almost a "channel" or opening between the milfoil.

I used this channel to move into the inside weed edge, from the outside. As I was moving thru it I ran right up on the muskie. I should have fished it before moving thru. He was sitting right there!

DB

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Snag

Fished Harriet on Saturday. Schools of crappies and sunnies were on the edge of the weeds in 6-12 feet everywhere we went. I think the crappies like the camera. Saw one small muskie chillin on the weededge. Saw lots of swirls shallow. I figure it was bass, muskies and carp. Got the lone 15 inch eye in about 15 ft on a floater and a leech. Took the dog around calhoun this morning and saw a guy catching some bass near the sailboats.

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ogre

dp, snag, I must have seen both of you out there, mybe even talked to you, I was the guy fishing in the duck boat. My buddy and I did not have any luck but I seen a nice musky before the season when I was aiming for walleyes. Do you have any tips for me on taking the boat more into the weeds without snagging the trolling moter?

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