hello and Welcome!! To another stupidly formed quest of mine. Backstory, there is a lake about 25-30 minutes northwest of me, they stock it with muskie and I own a 10 and 11wt rods. So hey why not!! I have zero background with fishing for these toothy fish, so its been a lot of reading and watching videos. My goals for this lake are poor ( or so I thought ) as they stock 12-14 fish in the fall, one per acre of lake. In the spring they do a shock sampling of them and the biggest they have caught yet was 52" and 47 pounds. However, no one has ever seen one outside of the conservation department workers.
So its spring, the air is slowly warming the air and water and according to reports, the crappie are starting to spawn. Why this is key is because the lake they stock muskie in, is LITTERED with crappie in the 6-9" range. I went to the lake today and it was very low and all the crappie beds and xmas trees were out of the water, mostly, and signs up saying "please do not release crappie of any size ". Obviously they need some to be eaten.
With this knowledge, I tied some big flies, a few that looked to me like crappie and then 1 or 2 in some craziness. After rigging the rods up, it was time to fish.
I went to the dam, which is where I've heard from friends who has seen the muskie crusing along it in the summer time. Since the lake was so low I could see why. Holy sweet structure!! I started hucking this massive crappie fly about and freezng my fingers. Weather is overcast, ~10mph wind and about 44*. So perfect for muskie. I threw that fly up and down with no results. I moved down the dam, moved into a cove, then moved along a rock cut out bank with many dead trees sticking up.
About this time I decided well, Im not going to catch one, so I might as well cast my other fly and see if it does in the water what I want it to. I strat pulling line off the 11wt, all stiff from the cold. I make a TERRIBLE cast down the bank and start to strip it back in. As Im getting ready to pull the fly out of the water, a greenish brown log with a flat duck billed face is following it. HOLY ****!!!!! I actually got a fish to follow!! This wasn't a big fish, probably 30-36", which is a perfect size for me. I tried to entice it some more, but no dice. Shortly after that excitement and a few more casts to nothing, I was cold and called it quits. So for my first intentional muskie outing for 2 hours, I netted 1 follow! HA ZAH!! The weather is going to warm up quiet a bit the next several days, so I will go back in two weeks and give it a whirl again. Hopefully with some better results.
Here is the fly who delivered a follow
Its about 6-7" long and has probably 50-60 strands of flash in it. Stay tuned for updates!!