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I've fished muskies a few times over the last few years and have yet to get one to the boat. Well, last night me and a buddy were out fishing on Moose Lake, when I broke my muskie curse.......eventhough it's still pre-season for them. We were walleye fishing when my buddy told me to look at that muskie that was swimming by. I was bringing my chartruse jig/shiner combo in and it happened! The muskie slowly swam up to the combo and gently grabbed onto it. Imagine my surprise when it took off with my jig in the corner of it's mouth. After a lengthy battle on 6 lb test line, we landed it, and after a quick measurement of 40" and a picture, she was let go. Hopefully I'll be able to tangle with her again someday, hopefully on the musky rod this time though. As for the walleye's, we only caught 4 or 5, with one nice 15" keeper, the rest were little 10"-12"'s that looked like footballs. Their little bellies were stuffed full of minnows. Lots of boats out there last night too, but most people were leaving too early. Jig/shiner or jig/chub was the weapon of choice for the 'eyes.


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bmc, congrats on the nice muskie! We were just up there for a week and the muskie were active on slip bobbers and jigs and minnows while we were trying to fish walleye. My eight year old hooked into about a 15 lb muskie on a slip bobber. Scared him when he saw the muskie he had on, he tried to give me the rod. It eventually got off. Also caught a couple small muskie and had others on. Lots of action for them this early in the year.

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    • Brianf.
      Saw on MPR that this year had been even warmer than 2012.  If this weather pattern continues, Lake V will be ice out before the March 28th date from 2012. 
    • Dash 1
      Awesome fish. Way to go.
    • gimruis
      That is a true giant slab around here.
    • chucker1101
      I did a lot of crappie fishing in 2012.   I'd say April 1 is a conservative guess. March 25 seems doable. Depends on the rain and the wind in March. 
    • CigarGuy
      Do you park at The Landing or have someplace closer? That would be a hall from The Landing!
    • SkunkedAgain
      I hate to start this thread early, but this ice doesn't have much of a chance this season. It's about half as thick as it should be, there is no snow cover to protect it from the March sun, and it continues to be abnormally warm. Let's hear those ice-out predictions.   I expect the smaller bays to be open by the last weekend of March with the main lake soon after, likely prior to April 1st. Earliest ice-out on record is March 28th, 2012.   On the plus side, the spawn be done long before fishing opener. Combine the reduced walleye harvest with the longer growing season, and this should translate into a better walleye class for the lake.
    • SkunkedAgain
      I walked into my place late Friday night. It was beautiful - a full moon, no snow and single digits so the lake was making all kinds of noise, wolves howling, and the kicker.....no wind. The only difficult component to walking was the ATV and snowmobile impressions left in the ice. Every once in a while my foot would catch a rise in the ice and I would stumble and almost fall. Besides that, it was a perfect night. Unfortunately I had a schedule to keep, otherwise I would have started a midnight bonfire to stay out and enjoy the evening even longer.
    • Mike89
    • Kettle
      Maybe a replica but it's still swimming 
    • smurfy
      So is it going on the wall??
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