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I was just curios if fishing muskies in the winter is legal if so how do you fish them what depth any info on this would be greatly apreciated

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Yes, you can target muskies through the ice. The muskie season closes on Feb. 26, 2006 along with walleye, northern, small and largemouth bass.

From what I've seen written on muskies during the the winter months is they really slow things down when it comes to feeding, etc. Though you see some being taken, I think it is somewhat of a rarity.

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I was out a few weeks ago targeting muskies on a lake near the twin cities. Caught one in eight hours, but I think it is worth it. We usually fish along a weed line drop-off, around eight to twelve feet. Big suckers and shiners on tip-ups, suspended just below the mid-depth. The fish generally are pretty stagnate during the day. Morning and night are the best times when fish are moving in and out of the shallow water.

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Never did it but have fished plenty of muskies during the soft water days. Asked this question myself to a good friend. They do slow down a bunch. Other thing besides it is slow is lots of guys won't/don't fish them during the winter because releasing is lots more challenging to do it succesfully. Fish is flopping in the ice and snow - if really cold their eye balls freeze in a second and then they're blind etc etc. So, if it's legal and you want to try give it a whirl but just try to figure out a good plan to get it back down the hole safely.

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