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fishing for muskie in weeds Just claiming that muskies are in the weeds doesn't help the average muskie fisherman. We all know that at times (especially in the fall) muskies love to use weed cover to rest and ambush tasty morsels of feeder fish. We need to be more specific. On many muskie waters weed beds can be huge, covering hundreds of yards and even approaching miles of water, secondly, there are many different types of weed structure. Where do we find the muskies lurking in these weeds and what is the best strategy for gaining their attention?

Weed types for muskie:

For starters let's look at the type of weeds. While there is no specific weed "type" that muskie prefer, you can say that muskie will favor different weed types at different times. Whether that be coontail, cabbage, bull rushes or the sloppy thick stuff, muskies will show some favoritism at different times. Generally this has more to do with the environments these weeds grow in rather then the weeds themselves but it give you an advantage when hunting muskie. To figure it out - look at the places you see a muskie or a follow up and note the type of weed coverage present. If you aren't seeing any muskie, then take note of where you're seeing their food sources and use that as a guide.

Weed structure for muskie:

Muskies are ambush predators and being such, they like to surprise their victims. This ambushing requires the appropriate cover for a muskie to hide in until the unsuspecting baitfish swims by. When you're locating the correct weed beds to fish - try to avoid the plain, long stretches. These are boring to you and tend to be boring to muskie. Instead, look for the weed beds that have some structure, some dips and turns, some shallow spots surrounded by deep spots and vice versa. These types of weed beds provide the holes and pockets that muskie depend on for hiding out and they'll be more more productive in your efforts.

Water levels and weeds for muskie:

Muskie prefer deeper waters as a home if there is such a thing to a muskie but they do a lot of hunting in the shallower, weedy waters. What this means to us in locating prime weed beds for muskie fishing is important. You'll find the occasional muskie in shallow, steady areas but you'll find many more muskie in the shallow weed beds that have immediate access to deeper waters. This gives muskie quick access to deep water where they are more comfortable. Try to locate a few weed beds that have nearby dropoffs and quick access to deeper pools, chances are there are more muskie there then the shallow spots.

Weed Diversity:

If you find weed beds that sport some diversity in weed types, these can be good locations to try out. Weed diversity can imply a diverse bottom, which can mean dips and holes which, as we mentioned before, muskies like to use for cover.

Rocks and structure in weed beds:

If you find locations with rocks or timber thrown into the mix of a diverse weed bed - hit it! The elements only add to the diversity of a weed bed and provide additional cover points for muskie.

Good muskie lures for weeds:

Some of the good ol' standbys us muskie fishermen use just can't cut it when fishing the weeds. There are a few great alternatives however. Many varieties of spinnerbaits can do the trick as can many topwaters and buzzbaits. Make sure to work your lures at different speeds and different depths. If you're skimming over a nice clearing in the weeds with a buzzbait, give it a second to drop a few feet instead of just skimming right by, this could be just what the muskie below are waiting for.