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So if big lakes produce big muskie are we to assume that small lakes produce small muskie, or worse yet, no muskie at all? Many muskie fishermen say quite the contrary. In fact, there are plenty of big muskie on small lakes and the number of muskie per acre is often much better.

Small lakes would be considered 500 - 400 acres and less, even as small as 100 or 90 acres. Luckily finding the muskie on these lakes is not as great a chore as the larger lakes since there is less water to cover. However, the task becomes finding what will catch these muskie. To begin with, make sure you're following the same procedures for locating the muskie. The basics hold true as much here as they do on other bodies of water. Find moving water, weeds and structure, dropoffs and feeder fish. Any of these elements or a combination make a great place to start.

Figuring out what muskie lure to throw out there can also be a challenge. Try to decipher what the baitfish population is in these lakes. If there are perch present, throw on perch colors, if you see suckers or whitefish, mimic those colors. A medium size crankbait can provide a good starting point until you learn the water and know how to change things up. Of course if you have a favorite, give it a try, but you need to start somewhere to get anywhere.

Fishing smaller muskie lakes and waters can be challenging on account of the fewer numbers of fish and heavier fishing pressure per fish. To avoid this, shop around. The great thing about small lakes is that there are so many of them. Get out a little further. Review community boards and talk to other muskie fishermen and see if anyone is willing to share secret lakes to try. Another great resource can be the nearest DNR station. These DNR stations will often times have data and information on stocking, populations, nettings, and baitfish and this can give you a good starting point to finding some smaller, muskie producing lakes and waters.

One final point on fishing these smaller lakes and waters is catch and release. This is important all the time, however it is imperative on smaller lakes where there may be only one or two large muskie. To keep the populations up in these lakes we must practice catch and release.