The calendar says September 1 today and the weather this past week says summer is over. We've had a huge cold front come through with lots of wind and rain. Water temps have gone from 70 to 62-63 in a little over a week. It's got the muskies in a bit of a funk but things will come around as fall patterns start to establish.
The muskie hunt this summer was a good one. Every season has peaks and valleys (highs and lows) but the highs always outweigh the lows.
The blade bite was hot all summer and the new PDeez JM BELL series baits were on fire. I've never seen so many fish eat bucktails way out on the cast as I did this year and I believe the BELL makes a difference. PDeez also released a line of spinnerbaits that I caught a lot of fish on. They make a huge difference coming through heavy cabbage and not getting fouled with weeds. The 2 single hooks have incredible hooking percentage too.
Check out this massive photo gallery of some of the muskies I caught and guided this summer on Lac Seul.
This summer I started fishing with Chaos Assault Sticks muskie rods. They're incredible and for half the price of Criox, they simply can't be beat. The best part about the longer rods (I've been using a 9'6" SWAT a lot!) is that you can get them in a telescopic version. They slide down to 7'11" and fit in most rod lockers. Such an awesome feature. There are literally zero drawbacks to telescopic rods. I guarantee I could give someone a telescopic Chaos Assault Stick rod and they could fish with it all day and not even know it's telescopic. If someone tells you telescopic rods have negative aspects I guarantee they've never fished with one.
With fall right around the corner I've got trolling on the brain. Here's a trio of absolute beauties that I added to the arsenal. Top bait is a 14" minnow bait from BR Baits. Next is a DK Fifty Finder. Bottom is a Trofik 5. Bryn, Dave and Ben are all at the top of the list of the best lure makers out there. These are all gonna get smashed on Lac Seul this fall.
If you didn't notice.... white is a great color on Lac Seul!
I have a few September dates open if anyone is looking for a Muskie trip. October is fully booked. It's going to be a great fall on Lac Seul.
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.