How the Muskie Spawn Works

Where Muskie Spawn

As with most things in life, muskie spawns are all about location, location, locat­ion. Feeder creeks and reservoir headwaters are usually clearer, shallower and warm up faster than deeper, darker areas of water. There are plenty of muskies in these areas to fill your cooler.

To find muskie during spawning periods, check out:

  • Channels between lakes
  • River backwaters and creeks
  • Reservoir headwaters

When you find the right location, look for specific areas that contain the things muskie like best:

  • Shallow, weedy beds
  • Silted areas over rocks
  • Dead reed stems
  • Vegetation, such as cabbage, reeds and coontail
  • Natural and man-made covers, such as docks, felled trees, rocks and stumps

Post-spawn muskie are heading back out of the channels and backwaters, eating whatever comes easiest. Once females are done spawning, they immediately leave the area and head back into deeper waters. She will recuperate for a short while, and then go back to being her normally aggressive self. Males move from the area after a short period of time, also heading to deeper summer waters. Once muskie move from their spawning areas to summer habitats, fishermen will need to change tactics to find this fish, which is aptly nicknamed the "fish of 10,000 casts" [source: Smith].

What equipment do you need to catch muskie? Read on to learn how to fish during the spawn.