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Around my area their are several creeks and lakes that hold Tiger Muskie. Although I have never fished for any type of Muskie, I am interested in catching Tigers. If anyone has info about Tiger Muskie fishing, please let me know.

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steve

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Pick out your largest bass baits; big cranks, big spinnerbaits, buzzbaits with large trailers, etc., and target weeds and weed edges. If you think pike, you're thinking in the right direction. There used to be two lakes in my area with tigers, but the stocking programs ended about 10 years ago. The tigers are mostly gone now. I really miss them. They spend almost as much time out if the water as in it during the fight. They are very aggressive, and very strong fish.

Don't forget a steel leader. They will cut right trhough anything else. There's nothing worse than seeing one swim off with a face full of your bait.

Cheers,

GK

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I think Ghoti has given you some good advice.  On the water that I fish most of the tigers are caught by bass fishermen by accident.  When fishing water that might hold tigers I always use a steel leader even when throwing small lures.  You never know when a tiger might grab hold.

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Here on St. Clair we have ALOT of muskies. We have three strains, Great lakes, Northern, and Tiger.

My Muskie rods are 7.5'-8'-3", with Abu Garcia 6600 C3 & C4 reels.

The baits we have success are:

Mepps Muskie Marabou Spinners (in-line spinner)

Large spinnerbaits

Super Shad Raps

X-Rap Jointed Shad

Believers 6"-13" (jointed and straight)

Joe Bucher Shallow Raiders

Large walk the dog baits

Large spoons

There are many more baits, but these are the ones I use. I should mention, the cost of some of these baits are...........let's say elevated.

Like ghoti mentioned, you can catch muskies on large bass lures (I've caught many) but if you want to increase your chances try some of these baits. Remember "big baits equals big fish"

If you have any questions, let me know.

Good luck,

Falcon

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Robert,

If you enjoy catching Peacock Bass you'll love catching Muskies. My biggest was 49 3/4", I didn't have a scale at the time, but I estimated the weight at thirty plus. They are a hoot.

Falcon

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the one and only muskie i cought while living in MN was 36.5 inches long....i cought it while reeling in a 10 inch walleye...i was using a light set up with 6lb test...took me about 20-30 minutes to land it...when i did my 1/8 oz jig head was actually hooked in the corner of the muskies mouth...the walleye was all mangled and dangling up my line...man that was fun!  really crappy picture but you get the idea

Cliff

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I think Ghoti has given you some good advice.  On the water that I fish most of the tigers are caught by bass fishermen by accident.  When fishing water that might hold tigers I always use a steel leader even when throwing small lures.  You never know when a tiger might grab hold.

Very Very true... I caught a 25 inch tiger muskie a few days ago on a #8 x-rap while targeting small mouth.  Luckily I netted him before he chewed through my line

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There is a small population of tigers on the section of the Potomac I fish and have managed to catch a couple. I usually catch them on a Rebel 6" jointed minnow. The one lake close to me is stocked with tigers as well and have caught the majority of them out of there on 3/8 or 1/2oz spinnerbaits. If you're worried about spooking bass with a steel leader, you can use a hard mono or fluro leader. My fishing partner introduced them to me about 2 years ago, they're about all I use. Most of mine are 65lb test (correct me if I'm wrong MskSlyr) and have not lost a musky due to cut offs.

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Hey Basser89,

You are absolutely correct they are 65lb Climax hardmono with a 330lb rated swivel. I don't like any challenges with my gear when it comes to these nasties.

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