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by Fishing Guide Mark Saemisch aka "Muskie Mark"

Spring Fling Pike and Muskie Fishing in Juneau County.
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That’s right you read the title correct. The word muskie was in there. Many people don’t think of this area when they think of muskie fishing. There just so happens to be two of the greatest places that I know of to fish these ferocious fresh water pigs. Petenwell and Castle Rock flowages offer some of the best action while muskie fishing due to the heart stopping action that you get from the many northern pike along the way. There are not too many places that you will receive the wicked strikes that you receive on the Wisconsin River. Part of this is due to the dark shallow water. These fish will put themselves into ambush position. And when something comes by or over them, they attack viciously. Pike and muskie go hand in hand on the river system. So if you’re looking to go muskie fishing here is the good news.  


1. Both of these lakes are closer than say, Hayward or Eagle River. 


2. Both of these lakes are family oriented, with Co. parks, restaurants, plenty of pan fish and catfish. And not to mention the dells is also close by. If you take away a day from fishing there’s even a good bike trail that goes through Elroy. 


3. The scenery is absolutely breath taking up and down the river. There are rock formations that only God himself could have carved out, and still quiet backwaters that seem to go forever. 


4. Did I mention that these fish get really big? Yes they get to be some of the biggest I’ve seen anywhere, due to extensive catch and release and a 45 inch size limit. These fish have some of the best forage base to eat from of any place. The Wisconsin River is a fish factory for everything that swims in it. Pike and Muskie eat them all, and it shows.

This spring is the time to take advantage on these waters. The fish become very active in the spring, because they all go into the back waters, below the dams and around shallow structures to spawn in great numbers through out the spring. The pike and muskies follow after they are done spawning. This all takes place in pretty much the same areas. There is bait fish that are literally jam packed it seems like in these areas. If you are in the area and like to fish you need to try this out. If you’ve never fished for pike or muskie then you will want to get a muskie rod spooled with at least 30 pound test. I use 80 pound Power Pro with a leader, for good reason. Try throwing 4 to 6 inch bucktails or other lures in that size range. This is considered small lure size for these fish and that is what you want to use in the spring of the year. 

If you are already an avid muskie fisherman please practice catch and release. If you are not and are learning there are some basic things that you need to learn about the muskie fisheries to protect them. I run a guide service in the area and I practice catch and release only. This is because I understand that the number of people fishing today, far out weighs the population of yesterday. The fact that it is hard for muskies to keep up there population makes it hard to keep a fishery going. If people keep all the legal fish they catch I assure you there will be no muskies tomorrow. This is why I only need a picture. With a good picture and a length and girth measurement, you can get a really natural looking reproduction mount made of your fish. This way maybe you or another person, like a kid can enjoy catching the fish again.


Proper handling of these fish is very important. They are very delicate. If you are not a muskie fisherman already, look into the proper handling of these fish. Or hire a local guide like my self to show you. Being shown this is important also for your safety. Muskies and northern have very sharp teeth and can be hard to handle while trying to get treble hooks out of their mouth. 

I urge you to try and enjoy this event this spring. When trying this please be safe and thoughtful. If you have questions please call.

Sincerely Mark Saemisch.

Muskie Mark’s Guide Service

www.muskiemarks.com

1 608 415 1231

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