If you know what you're doing and have a bit of technique, you can catch a muskie with a lure in any season. For the rest of us, there are a few times that might increase our odds.
Larger muskies are often caught in the spring. And, a bit ironically, they are often caught with small, walleye-sized baits [source: Jensen]. However, the folklore doesn't lie when saying it takes a bit of work. You'll need to be really patient if you want to get one of those big ones.
So let's say your previous monster was a 10-inch (25 centimeter) bass. You don't need a 60-inch (152-centimeter) muskie to make you happy! If you're hoping for more action and willing to settle for a smaller muskie, try heading out between mid-summer and late fall. You might not catch a record-setter, but you're more likely to get a fish without having to wait days for it.
So you've made your decision as to whether you're tracking a monster muskellunge or a minor one. Do you have to get up before the crack of dawn, or should you make sure you pack a blanket and some night lights? Read on to find out the best time of day for catching muskie.