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MUSKY18

Mantrap Lake Muskie Fishing

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MUSKY18

Hi all. I am planning on coming up and fishing Mantrap for some Muskie sometime around September. How is the fishing round that time of the year? Been waiting to get up and fish that lake for the last 19 months. Thanks for any help or comments you can throw my way!

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Archery 1

Hey Man,

I fished that lake alot. It's one of my favorite lakes to

fish. I would hit a few spots in the west arm and than head

to the big part of the lake and fish the humps. I would bring an assortment of lures like topwater and also bring

some Quick STrike rigs because the Muskies in this lake like

suckers. Also maybe try some night fishing. I think it's more of numbers lake but there is some 50 inch fish swimming

in there somewhare.

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MuskyBug85

Hey Musky, i havent fished trap in september much due to school but thats when my father fishes/guides out there the most, i do fish it really hard at the end of August. depending on how long you are going to be up there are a few different ways to attack it. if you are day tripping i would say stay in the west arm/ homebay part of the lake and work all the shore lines and under water points hard. there are ALOT of fish to be caught in this part of the lake and there are some spots that just get driven by that routinely hold fish. i tend to love white spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and eagle tails. i also have a custom silver /silver double cowgirl that has turned some heads. don't be afraid to look really shallow that time of year either, especially in the morning lots of fish (most in the 30 to 40" class) move shallow early and can be taken on jigs/swim shad combo or my favorite the Kill'r Eel. if you dont see fish shallow then i would turn my attention to edges, once again the jig works great here if you find an little turn or thicker clump of veg. if you have a partner then front guy can throw a 'tail or topwater ( I really like a big Buggerman Buzz) or bulldawg and work over the break and you can have the guy in the back work a crank or similar bait along the egde after those fish have off the edge. if you have a wife or GF with you can have her drag a sucker or plastic in this situation. also there are lots of reeds on the trap and it would be a shame not to look at them with a spinnerbait or buzzbait, you can also swim a jig here. and then there is the open water bite that we all know is about on trap. trolling puts more fish in the boat for me every year then all other tactics combined. i would not be afraid to troll everywhere on the trap, i have caught fish trolling from 5' to 65'. i am a big fan of Jakes, cisco kids and invaders for this duty. and dont feel like you need to stop when the sun goes down. bring the sunflower heater and some sandwiches and put in some post sundown trolling time. there are lots of fish in the west end and if you are willing to put time in you can be rewarded in a BIG way. hope this helps and if you have in more q's please post. thanks Jonah

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wingnut38

Musky Bug, What's your dads name? I'm thinking about a trip up there this summer and might want a good guide. It sounds like you are pretty knowledgable about muskie fishing.

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MuskyBug85

He goes by the name Dick Winter, thanks for the interest, hope to hear from you in the future. Jonah

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husker4u9899

Muskey Bugs,

My family & I are on Big Mantrap July 7-13 this year, would be interested in talking with you about your services in guideing my son and I muskey fishing this summer. We've never fished for Muskey. What is the best way to contact you? Thanks

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MuskyBug85

shoot me an email at [email protected] and we can discuss things, thanks for your interest. Jonah

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