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Muskie take to different areas of the lakes at different times of the year. One of the difficult times to find muskie is the late spring - early summer zone. Many muskie fishermen are looking to the shallows to find their muskie and some get them, but many do not.

Open water muskie spots

The reason for this could be the habits of the muskie, that is to say that the muskie just aren't in the shallows at that time of the year. Muskie use shallow areas for spawning, but tend to move out to deeper waters afterwards. From here they recover and then begin the process that every muskie goes through for the rest of the year, they look for food.

You'll find it's a repetitive theme throughout this website. Follow the food and you'll find the muskie. In the early parts of the year there may not be as many muskie in the shallow areas and that has a lot to do with where their food sources are. During that time of the year there are fewer full weed beds for the small feeder fish to hide out in. They will move here as the year progresses and weeds thicken up, but for right now they look for structure and one of the best sources for this is themselves.

Feeder fish like suckers and ciscoes tend to gather together in schools or pods for safety. These congregations will often be found out over open water where zooplankton well up from the deep and at that time of the year before water temperatures rise, they can be found within 10 feet of the surface since oxygen levels are still high there. These schools attract the muskie who feed on them.

Fishing 10 to 20 feet deep across open water where you've located either schools of feeder fish or muskie themselves it a great tactic to get at those open water muskie.You don't need deep diving lures here either. Mimic the baitfish colors and mimic their actions. Try to put the most distressed fish out there and you'll be giving yourself your best chance at one of those open water muskie.