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bucknuts
Posted 7/10/2013 2:38 PM (#650854)
Subject: Muskie and mayflies.




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Yesterday, while out fishing muskies, I watched a 48-50 inch muskie gulp down two mayflies!. The mayflies were coming to the surface, in a small area. The muskie was cruising back and forth, just under the surface. When she would see a mayfly on the surface, she would come up slowly, stick her head out of the water, and gently gulp the mayfly.
Of course, I threw my topwater in front of her, but she would shy away from it.
It was cool to watch, but frustrating.
I guess the whole food chain is on the mayfly bite...
carl
Posted 7/10/2013 2:54 PM (#650864 - in reply to #650854)
Subject: Re: Muskie and mayflies.





Posts: 83


Location: minnesota
no wonder lotw was so difficult for me last week, the lake was covered in millions of those things!
Lungemadness
Posted 7/11/2013 2:26 AM (#650970 - in reply to #650854)
Subject: Re: Muskie and mayflies.





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Someone needs to Go Pro video of that.
WI Duck Guide
Posted 7/15/2013 2:10 PM (#651732 - in reply to #650854)
Subject: Re: Muskie and mayflies.




Location: Minocqua, WI
I have seen this before as well. Only twice in the past 15 years; but it was pretty cool! In both instances, the muskies were coming up repeatedly and just opening their mouthes and skimming the surface. Once was on the fox river in depere and once was in vilas county. Both fish were big around mid 40's and neither of them had even the slightest interest in any lure i threw at them. Cool post!
dtaijo174
Posted 7/15/2013 2:40 PM (#651743 - in reply to #650854)
Subject: Re: Muskie and mayflies.





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Location: New Hope MN
I guess those fly guys are onto something afterall.
North of 8
Posted 7/15/2013 9:14 PM (#651828 - in reply to #651743)
Subject: Re: Muskie and mayflies.




That is really interesting. Fourth of July week we were at our cottage and several evenings there was a pretty good hatch. The second evening we were at our neighbors around a fire when the hatch started at dusk. Shortly after there was a huge boil just off their dock. I and one of the other guys who also fishes muskies guessed that a musky took a smaller fish who was feeding on the mayflies. Maybe the musky was actually scooping up mayflies?
EsoxAndy
Posted 7/15/2013 9:42 PM (#651832 - in reply to #650854)
Subject: Re: Muskie and mayflies.




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I've seen them this time of year doing it around sunset multiple times. I never really looked at what was in the water around them, but we actually cruised by some "porpoising" and like you said, they will not touch a bait. Maybe unless it was a fly. This happened early morning once too this time of year, around 4:45am. There were multiple musky doing it off a weed edge and the graph marked what I'm guessing were walleyes
Jeremy
Posted 7/23/2013 5:58 PM (#653261 - in reply to #650854)
Subject: Re: Muskie and mayflies.




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Location: Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
Wish I'd have seen that on the V last week with tons of Mayflies!

I fly rod a LOT and have some very strong, fine wire tippet.

What a blast that would've been!
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