We're solidly into the 2015 muskie season and the big Esox have been hitting the Beckman net. There's a definite trend this year with seeing and catching more 30-inch class muskies, which is a great sign for the future. There must have been an excellent spawn a few years back and I'm excited to watch this year class of fish grow up.
Of course, Lac Seul is well known for producing world class trophy size muskies and this year hasn't disappointed. Although not in my boat, I know of two 55-inch fish that have been caught this year already. I've has some big-big's follow and the average fish is truly impressive in length and girth. Girth is largely what separates Lac Seul from other fisheries - our muskies are simply built bigger around.
I always tell people that muskie fishing is a lot of work for a lot of reward. It's more like hunting than fishing, actually. Chasing big fish and accepting that not every day will end with a fish in the net. Fortunately, the days when a fish is landed more than make up for all the hard work and fishless days.
Here's a few highlights from this season so far.
I had an incredible opportunity to guide a group of guys from Italy. They are dedicated big pike fishermen from the best pike waters in Europe. They decided to tackle North America's biggest Esox - Muskie - and film their pursuit for an Italian TV show. With camera's rolling, we landed 4 muskies the first day, with this big 50-incher stealing the show.
The excitement and emotion surrounding this catch is something I'll never forget.
The chase continues.......
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.