It's hard to believe it's already mid-September. Another summer is in the books and it's time to look ahead to fall. Fall muskie fishing and open hunting seasons make it the best time of year.
For now though, it's time to look back at some of the summer highlights. As title of this post suggests, it's going to be all about big muskies!
Overall it was a great summer for chasing muskie on Lac Seul. The bite really turned on in August and I put a bunch of nice fish in the Beckman net. As usual, bucktails and top-water baits caught most of the fish.
I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking. I also captured some great video footage this season so look for a muskie video coming soon.
I'll get this rolling with this clean 49-incher that slammed my double-10's half way back to the boat. I was fishing with Brett Erickson of Thorne Bro's and Stephan Nielsen of Attitude Baits, in Sweden.
This chunky low 40's fish went wild after eating my Rad Dog spinnerbait. I just love seeing them come out of the water.... as long as they stay hooked!
Had a couple good days with guests Evan and his Dad from Wisconsin. Evan boated a 48.5" and a 46" and also raised a true giant. It was one of the 2 biggest fish I've ever raised on Lac Seul.... an absolute monster.
Evan's 48.5" was a topwater fish, and so was this 49.5" I got below. It's so awesome watching a big fish come up and hammer your surface bait.
The only thing that makes a topwater hit better is when it's on a figure-8. This four-footer (below) slurped my surface bait in the figure-8 right beside the boat. Talk about adrenaline! I was out with my good buddy Mike and we got 2 muskies that day, both on the F8. Mike's fish was a nighttime F8 hit on a bucktail.
Here's a couple fish from a new spot that I started fishing this year. One of my guests, Stew, got things rolling with this nice fish, 10 minutes into his first day!
I'll wrap things up with a couple of nice pike. One guided and another for the guide. Even a seasoned muskie angler can't argue with pike like these!
Coming up will be more muskie and before I know it our annual moose hunt will be here too. Lots to look forward to this fall so stay tuned for another update.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.