Springtime River Muskies

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Springtime River Muskies

Postby Rowboat » Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:21 am

Dear Larry,

I have been raising and catching muskies in deep pools behind riffles for the last few weeks but with the warming weather, in Virginia, they seem to have left the area. Do muskies behave like bass, moving into prespawn staging areas and then to the spawn? Any suggestions as to where to look next would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time,

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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby dahlberg » Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:29 am

Yes, they will move toward areas where they will spawn, and also, and again but depending on timing to areas where the forage is going to or has spawned.
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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby Rowboat » Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:30 pm

Would this area in a river be a creek coming into it? Also is there a specific water temperature range that will trigger them to move to these areas to spawn?
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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby dahlberg » Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:23 am

Muskies often run up creeks to find sloughs to spawn in. Their forage often runs the same creeks and spawns on gravel. Creek mouths are high on the list for spring time muskies.
Muskies usually spawn around the 60 degree mark.
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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby Rowboat » Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:09 pm

Thank you!
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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby Rowboat » Sat Apr 05, 2014 6:39 pm

Thanks for the tips, caught two today, raised 6, and had a follow on the fly!
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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby dahlberg » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:49 am

Way to go! Congrats! What did you catch them on?
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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby Rowboat » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:28 am

I caught them on a 7 1/2 inch grandma with a dark green back and a little bit of flash on the side. It was very windy and they were reacting to that bait when I fished it very erratically. When I got a follow I instinctively began to figure 8 the wooden jerkbait but the fish didn't seem to have any interest at all. Would you recommend one hard twitch at the the side of the boat as opposed to a figure 8 with the wooden baits? Again thanks for your time
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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby dahlberg » Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:53 pm

you never know what will get them to go, each one is different. it's a matter of reading the individual fish and the way it reacts to what you do.
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Re: Springtime River Muskies

Postby Rowboat » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:31 pm

Thanks again, caught another two muskies today plus a six pound smallie!
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