• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
MUSKY18

Mantrap Lake Muskie Fishing

Recommended Posts

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!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MuskyBug85

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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
MuskyBug85

shoot me an email at jwinter2@gac.edu and we can discuss things, thanks for your interest. Jonah

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • mrpike1973
      Did real good on cats today got 4 wife 4 and I got a huge sucker that was fun. Horseshoe sure opened up today.
    • eyeguy 54
      Sure glad you had some help moose and all turned out well ! 
    • Rick
      Impressive, both Tom and Jeremy
    • eyeguy 54
      Almost time but maybe not quite... Although I did get the yak out of the backyard today, on to the trailer and up front to spend some time prepping it for time on the water soon.  Indeed it was fun getting out with you and the gang a few times this winter and looking forward to the next outings whenever they may be. WIll share what worked for me and look forward to reading some more info from others. Panfish is what I love going after and I had great fishing with gold jigs almost all winter. Did use a few other colors that worked also but that gold was hard to not use. Tear drop style tungsten in and 4 mm from Widowmaker Lures. Tried some from sportsmens direct also the last couple outings and liked them also. For plastics, the wishbone was good and also impulse mayflies and slug bugs. Tried and bought too many different things to try... LOL. Fished with shrimp for the first time ever this winter and that was a challenge and fun to try something different.  Started out with my good old ultralight gander mountain rods with the frabil titanium spring bobber and then bought a couple of the TUCR Inferno with the orange tip. I really like them for the 4mm and prefer the old ganders with a 3mm. Won a custom 32 inch power noodle from Kichler Custom Rods in Elk River at an event in Wisconsin and used it a few times yesterday. Very nice and looking forward to playing with it more. CGI inline reels still doing their job fine and I did grab one of the new Descent inlines and it worked sweet also. Nice that it now has a pop off spool instead of the gold screw off knob. 10 1/4 was my biggest gill and 14 for the crappie. Even went after catfish 3 times. Saw my first catfish tornado on the vex and iced a lot of fish after being taught how to use a bobber right for those super light biters. thx RickG   My highlight of the winter was getting a PB northern on a tip up up on Mille Lacs with stick in the mud. Fun City! My good old FL 18 is still working dandy and although I am tempted to upgrade, not sure if I will. Nills 6 inch saved my back from the hassles of the gas and when I put the Milwaukee on it life got even better. All in all a fantastic winter fishing with great guys and learning how to be a better fisherman.   Fish On! 
    • monstermoose78
      Well monstermoose78 is done ice fishing around here for the year. Why you ask I fell through yes there was 28-30 inches of ice on the lake, but the shoreline nope. Went fishing with @Cret Jigs and we had fun fishing. I cut lots of holes and we got some good ones for the knife. Cret jigs brought a plank for the way out but on the way in I did not make it to the plank. Cret jigs helped me get my stuff the shore and out. I worry about the guy on the wheeler and they guy who used the plank to get out too. Thanks Cret jigs for a fun day. 
    • redlabguy
      To all you guys who’ve been keeping us posted, thank you. I’m an islander so I don’t have much hope for the opener, but I’ve been reading all the posts (read them year around), including entertaining posts on new gear, and, again, thanks for letting a lot of guys know what’s going on there. The current weather, forecast and web cams, give me hope! I’m thinking I may get back home in three weeks, maybe four. Keep the sun shining, Dick
    • jkrash
      What a difference a day makes, yesterday the dam was locked up tight and today it's roaring. Walleye should be running this week...
    • IceHawk
      Well this morning was officially the end of the ice season for me.   Its been a lot of days on the ice this winter and I have to admit I'm  a little burnt out.   It wasn't easy but it was time to end it.  Have to admit It was a sad moment putting the gear away but it was time as needed space today to put the boat in the garage   Learned a lot of new water and reacquainted myself with some old standbys. Fished 10 different counties this winter so definitely fished a lot of different areas.  Fished many species on the ice this winter so there never was a dull moment. Didn't take a ton of pics just a few need to take more just have never been a pic type of guy LOL.   Iced 7 walleyes between 26-28 3/4 all on local lakes.  So just a tip if you dedicate some time locally big eyes can be found. Fished panfish everywhere in the state highlight area for big fish being Becker and Ottertail Douglas counties. Biggest gill this winter was 10 3/4    many 10's came topside but couldn't break 11 this winter. Craps 15 inchers were tops. Good fish but had goals set at a 16.  Some things learned this ice season where number one lure for the eyes was a old school hammered silver Swedish pimple. It far out produced anything else.   Kenders tungsten where my mainstay for gills and crappies. The plastics of choice were power bait wishbones,  chigger frys, and Northland impulse mayfly's.  The catfish were a hoot and a  change of pace did well on Maynards slammers Glow red. The equipment and gear I was running and never failed me all season were Thorne Bros Rods- For eyes Perch sweethearts. For the Panfish I was running  Power Noodles, panfish sweethearts,  and my favorite the Tripwire. Reels Pflueger Presidents, Prestige ,and Supremes.. Did use some inlines also from 13 fishing The free falls where worth every penny. Ran a K-Drill 8 inch early and late and During the thick ice Ran my strikemaste Lazer.  Vexilar Electronics the old trusty FL18 my eyes underwater, Please Don't  think that I'm pushing these products because I'm sponsored by them, I'm Not. Just want to give a thumbs up and honest opinion on  some top notch equipment that has worked and weathered the storm of a good hardwater season. Realize we all work hard for our dollars and I can honestly say these products where worth every penny and never let me down!  Well Off to the Garage to start getting the boat ready for the Next season  By the Way big Shout out to some of the best Anglers I had the chance to share the ice with this season from FM.  Thanks  Borch,  Bass Thumb,  Moose,  Eyeguy, Rick G , Tom Sawyer for shareing some ice time with me.  Hopefully I get to meet and fish with a few other FMer's this summer or next hardwater.  We had some great Times great laughs and managed to even ice a few fish   Looking forward to having a few summer outings in the future.  BYE BYE Ice Hello open water 
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      Thank for the update and photo Dave and Diane! Cliff
    • Cliff Wagenbach
      I was out on Vermilion fishing today again. Big bay still has about the same amount of ice but the ice is a lot softer now! Small patches of 4" to 6" deep slush pockets on it. Pike bay seemed solid when we went out but when we returned almost the entire bay had about 6" of very soft slushy ice on top! That will be my last trip out this winter. Talked to one Native that I saw checking a  net that he had  out under the ice in Pike Bay. He had caught around 15 walleyes and a pike today and 8 or so walleyes yesterday. Tough way to catch fish! Cliff