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MartinTD
Posted 5/25/2023 12:18 PM (#1021060)
Subject: #1 Bait for Opener





Posts: 1139


Location: NorthCentral WI
With the Northern WI Opener coming this weekend...
1) What's the first bait you're throwing Saturday?
2) Historically, what bait has caught you the most fish opening weekend?
MartinTD
Posted 5/25/2023 12:20 PM (#1021061 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener





Posts: 1139


Location: NorthCentral WI
1) Will likely be a 9" HI Suick
2) 8" Weagle
Grass
Posted 5/25/2023 12:30 PM (#1021063 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: RE: #1 Bait for Opener




Posts: 614


Location: Seymour, WI
For early season musky fishing three baits have caught the majority of the fish.
1. Baby Shallow Raider twitched.
2. Mepps #5.
3. 9" Suick
RF_Musky
Posted 5/25/2023 2:29 PM (#1021066 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener




Posts: 443


1. .22 short
2. Small bucktail
3. Warlock (crappie)
muskymartin67
Posted 5/25/2023 6:33 PM (#1021068 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener





Posts: 773


Location: Delavan, WI
5" - 7"" glider, size, color and make depends on the lake for instance a 6" Softail Phantom would be a good choice
Solitario Lupo
Posted 5/25/2023 6:52 PM (#1021070 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener





Location: PA Angler
Phantom softail would be a good first then some kind of swimbait or a fly (game changer).
miket55
Posted 5/25/2023 9:43 PM (#1021076 - in reply to #1021063)
Subject: RE: #1 Bait for Opener




Posts: 1220


Location: E. Tenn
Grass - 5/25/2023 1:30 PM

For early season musky fishing three baits have caught the majority of the fish.
1. Baby Shallow Raider twitched.
2. Mepps #5.
3. 9" Suick


This... and either a baby Depthraider, or .22Short.
EsoxWanderer
Posted 5/26/2023 7:47 AM (#1021080 - in reply to #1021070)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener




Posts: 48


Solitario Lupo - 5/25/2023 7:52 PM

...or a fly (game changer).


had wanted to try this on a certain lake after I saw a musky roll on the surface one opener. I can believe it.
BillM
Posted 5/26/2023 8:57 AM (#1021084 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener





Posts: 171


First lure in the water will be a 7.5in Phantom Softail.
North of 8
Posted 5/26/2023 10:56 AM (#1021086 - in reply to #1021070)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener




Solitario Lupo - 5/25/2023 6:52 PM

Phantom softail would be a good first then some kind of swimbait or a fly (game changer).


Fly is an interesting idea. Last week there still were a few muskies spawning along the shore in front of my place and this morning about 6:00 AM I was making coffee and looked at the lake just as a big fish swirled just past the end of my dock. Either a muskie or big pike. But clearly took something either on or just below the surface.
Solitario Lupo
Posted 5/26/2023 11:43 AM (#1021087 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener





Location: PA Angler
You can fish them on the surface, just below, or let them sink in the holes just like any other lure.

Surprised not a lot on here that fly fish. I would think it just as expensive. Plus very easy to tie the flies up. Also I’ve been known to throw a couple on a spinning rig but prefer a fly setup.

https://i.postimg.cc/0QP1mG3h/416-AFCF3-2440-4-F25-B982-0984-DC83-F5...
North of 8
Posted 5/26/2023 4:35 PM (#1021092 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener




Not a bait, but a reminder: If fishing solo, wear your pfd. Warden I have fished with told me this week his biggest concern is that everyone be safe this weekend, wear those pfds. Every year he spends multiple days searching the water with his si/di Humminbird, and he is not looking for fish.
Ranger
Posted 5/26/2023 4:44 PM (#1021093 - in reply to #1021060)
Subject: Re: #1 Bait for Opener





Posts: 3819


Slow rolled Hirsch's Original Ghosttail.
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