Fishing is supposed to be a sport for relaxing, getting away and forgetting about the world while you enjoy the great outdoors. While muskie trolling gets a bit hectic during the reel-in, you could say the majority of an angler's time fits this calm description.
We all know the moral of the tortoise and the hare: slow and steady wins the race. In this case, slow and steady wins the big catch. While muskie trolling, keep the boat moving at a slow pace. There's no need to leave the three- to five-miles-per-hour (five- to eight-kilometers-per-hour) range. On rivers, you don't need to put much effort into speed since you can cruise along with the current but be sure the boat is continuously moving [source: Devine].
If you find you're having little luck while out trolling, try playing with your speed a little. Increase your speed two, or maybe even three times your original pace. Another technique is to play with the lure. Pull it in closer to the boat and then let it drop back. The movement and change can help attract muskie.
Speed and depth tend to go hand in hand when muskie trolling, so dive ahead to the next page to better understand the second half of this relationship.