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Dave T.
Posted 5/4/2018 2:27 PM (#905776)
Subject: do you do any good in the mornings?





Posts: 382


Hey all, i just wondered if anyone has much success early mornings and mornings in general?

seems like i do better afternoons and evening seeing/catching muskies.

just wondered what your experiences have been.

thanks!

Dave
North of 8
Posted 5/4/2018 2:41 PM (#905779 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Personally, it has been a mixed bag for me. Sometimes I do OK, other times I just enjoy the sun coming up ;>). However, I have worked a few 7:00 AM volunteer shifts at the landing on the chain where I live as part of the Clean Boats/Clean Water program and guys coming back to the landing before 9:00 AM seem to do quite well, better than the guys who are out in the afternoon or later morning. But, that may just be luck of the draw as well.
Musky Face
Posted 5/4/2018 2:42 PM (#905780 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Posts: 521


Anytime is a good time. Love the morning hours. I'm in the metro area and it's alot more peaceful in the morning than evening. Musky's can be caught anytime of day as long as your not fishing chocolate milk water.
tkuntz
Posted 5/4/2018 3:45 PM (#905785 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Posts: 737


Location: Waukee, IA
I catch a lot of fish from pressured or pleasure boat lakes before noon. No such thing as too early
NPike
Posted 5/4/2018 3:51 PM (#905786 - in reply to #905785)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Posts: 330


Morning are great: fresh air, sunrise, reduced traffic. These factors alone make it a great time of day. As for the fish (esox) they can bite anytime. The only point I would add is that mid-afternoons tend to be slow.
nar160
Posted 5/4/2018 4:16 PM (#905790 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Posts: 180


Location: MN
In the summer, sunrise has been a fairly reliable time for me. If the wind picks up as the sun comes up, the following few hours can be good too. I think sunset has been a bit more reliable in general, but that could just be luck of the draw.

In mid to late fall, I have not had any luck around sunrise - all my action (minus one bite after dark) has been between late morning and sunset. I've only been fishing this time period for a couple years now though, so not a huge sample size.

Edited by nar160 5/4/2018 4:17 PM
mastical
Posted 5/4/2018 5:13 PM (#905798 - in reply to #905776)
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Posts: 512


Location: Lake St Clair
Sun rise is my favorite or and the hour before when its still pretty dark
jonnysled
Posted 5/4/2018 5:14 PM (#905799 - in reply to #905776)
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Location: minocqua, wi.
i'm usually able to get some in the morning ...
ToddM
Posted 5/4/2018 6:22 PM (#905805 - in reply to #905776)
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Location: oswego, il
Pressured and busy water has a really good morning bite. That's the time to be on the water.
ARmuskyaddict
Posted 5/4/2018 7:12 PM (#905813 - in reply to #905776)
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Sadly, I am single.
Masqui-ninja
Posted 5/4/2018 8:06 PM (#905820 - in reply to #905813)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





Posts: 712


Location: Walker, MN
ARmuskyaddict - 5/4/2018 7:12 PM

Sadly, I am single.
I think I did better when I was single lol.

8:00-10:00 am has been my most productive time-frame over the years. Sand and Rock spots being best. If you like to fish the cabbage, consider saving that until a bit later when the photosynthesis is pumping.

Matt DeVos
Posted 5/4/2018 9:21 PM (#905825 - in reply to #905805)
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ToddM - 5/4/2018 6:22 PM

Pressured and busy water has a really good morning bite. That's the time to be on the water.


This is very true in my experience as well.

Also, I've heard many times that muskies supposedly "don't bite before 10:00am on LOTW"...not at all an accurate statement in my experience.
Dave T.
Posted 5/4/2018 9:37 PM (#905828 - in reply to #905825)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





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Matt DeVos - 5/4/2018 9:21 PM

ToddM - 5/4/2018 6:22 PM

Pressured and busy water has a really good morning bite. That's the time to be on the water.


This is very true in my experience as well.

Also, I've heard many times that muskies supposedly "don't bite before 10:00am on LOTW"...not at all an accurate statement in my experience.


ya ive heard this too, and havent done well in the morning there either myself

maybe ill try to get out earlier up there this year..

thanks for the replies, even the smartazz ones!
Fishysam
Posted 5/4/2018 11:13 PM (#905836 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




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Last season the mornings were the best, couldn't get out early enough, and almost nothing all afternoon and evening, completely opposite of most years, even carries true seasonally for other species... and once your on a pattern it has been very duplicatable.
Pat Hoolihan
Posted 5/5/2018 3:02 AM (#905839 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




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If you pull an all-nighter are you fishing really late or really early? The last few years I fished Vermillion I never even went out until midnight and fished until around 9...weather depending of course.
ToddM
Posted 5/5/2018 7:01 AM (#905843 - in reply to #905799)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





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Location: oswego, il
jonnysled - 5/4/2018 5:14 PM

i'm usually able to get some in the morning ...


Using a wood bait?

Edited by ToddM 5/5/2018 7:02 AM
Kirby Budrow
Posted 5/5/2018 11:13 AM (#905851 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





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Location: Chisholm, MN
Fish don't bite before 10am! Don't go
Sidejack
Posted 5/5/2018 9:37 PM (#905869 - in reply to #905839)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





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Location: Anoka
Pat Hoolihan - 5/5/2018 3:02 AM
If you pull an all-nighter are you fishing really late or really early? The last few years I fished Vermillion I never even went out until midnight and fished until around 9...weather depending of course.


How'd ya do with that schedule, Pat?
Dan111
Posted 5/6/2018 11:57 AM (#905891 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





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Morning bites for me can be a hit or miss depending on the body of water. On new lakes i like to get out early and locate the fish. I find that from about 7am-10am i can get a few fish to follow and then i hit those same spots later in the day around 3pm-5pm and throw the same lure from a different angle and 9/10 get that fish to bite.
mnmusky
Posted 5/6/2018 12:55 PM (#905894 - in reply to #905891)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





best time for me
Ciscokid82
Posted 5/6/2018 7:48 PM (#905918 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Posts: 131


Location: SE Wisc
What about at night or in the evening. Are they good? Is day time good? Is clear water any good or just stained? Jeeeez!
Dan111
Posted 5/6/2018 9:11 PM (#905925 - in reply to #905918)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





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Ciscokid82 - 5/6/2018 7:48 PM

What about at night or in the evening. Are they good? Is day time good? Is clear water any good or just stained? Jeeeez!


Muskies tend to put the feed on in the evening into the night. During the day the feeding window can vary and be inconsistent with times. Learn to trigger the fish into biting in these daytime downtimes. Clearwater i like to make longer casts to the spots and use natural colour baits sometimes even downsize baits. Stained water can get a little closer on the spots and use either bright coloured lures or black or bigger blades to wave out more viabrations. All in all though muskies can be unpredictable so any chance you get to be on the water is a good time to fish.
Ciscokid82
Posted 5/7/2018 6:50 AM (#905931 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Posts: 131


Location: SE Wisc
If a moon phase or storm front rolls through in the morning or day you need to be on the water, regardless of your past experiences. There are no “rules” for when muskies bite but those are about as close as you can get.
ToddC
Posted 5/7/2018 7:29 AM (#905935 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Posts: 156


On my home flowage if I had only an hour to fish a day I'd take the last hour before dark.
TannerAE
Posted 5/7/2018 7:44 AM (#905936 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




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For me 80 percent of my success comes before 9am on a specific lake. On some of the rivers i fish it doesn't seem to matter action comes all throughout the day
CincySkeez
Posted 5/7/2018 8:06 AM (#905938 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




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Can attest to the wee hours of the morning schedule on Verm, 2 summers ago every fish seemed to come between 2:00-4:00am. Was a fun pattern
BNelson
Posted 5/7/2018 8:27 AM (#905939 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





Location: Contrarian Island
not a big fan of mornings in general early in the season when nights are still cool, and they are in post spawn funk. Mornings are better to to me from mid summer on... once water temps stabilize at say 70-72 and up mornings can be good. muskies can and go get active at any point in the 24 hr period... I don't really consider 2 to 4am morning, yes, it is technically but that to me is night... mornings to me are when it just getting light for the next 5-6 hrs.. have had some awesome mornings and of course had some that totally sucked.. key is to just be out there and be on good spots
MuskyMATT7
Posted 5/7/2018 10:58 AM (#905958 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





Posts: 544


Location: 15 miles east of Lake Kinkaid
It’s a well known fact muskies often skip breakfast January-June.
supertrollr
Posted 5/7/2018 12:39 PM (#905963 - in reply to #905776)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?





morning is the best,at least for summer
Jeremy
Posted 5/16/2018 3:07 PM (#906611 - in reply to #905935)
Subject: Re: do you do any good in the mornings?




Posts: 1010


Location: Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
ToddC - 5/7/2018 7:29 AM

On my home flowage if I had only an hour to fish a day I'd take the last hour before dark.


Me three!

I've not had much luck in the mornings myself and gave up years ago in favor of walleyes to change it up a bit.

Might have to get rid of my hangup this season if I can leave the walleyes alone! Funny thing is while I'm slowly dragging a leech my mind often wonders about the muskies.

Reeled in on a big hump last year to go in for eggs and bacon and the biggest muskie I saw all vacation followed my leech up from 20ft of water, 2" from the bait!! Had me make a comment or two to myself...
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