"The monsters that live under our dock"
Musky anglers will go high and low to get the addictive thrill of catching their next monster. At Indian Lake Lodge we thrive on our high population of musky in the 40" category. Not only do we have plenty in the lower class unit, you still have the potential to catch that famous 50" class fish.
It is hard to beat the excitement when a monster musky is tailing your bait and ready to hit on the figure eight. It's like going from zero to sixty in one second. When you are fishing the Indian Lake Chain we are confident that you will get that adrenalin rush with plenty of follows and the opportunity for the strike. Not only should you have plenty of opportunity at our lake, you will have no trouble navigating our water all without having to pay high guide fees.
When fishing musky a general rule is to "follow the bait fish". Where there are bait fish hanging out, there is sure to be a monster musky lingering and waiting for their next meal.
Each of our 9 lakes has great musky fishing. This enables even the novice angler to hook a muskie with relative ease. The quantity and quality of fish here is abundant. Just being able to see the number of follows, even on a slow day is tremendous.
As long as you are in for some Muskie action and would like a greater chance of success, then the Indian Lake Chain is your next destination. The Indian Lake Chain has high populations of those beautiful Tiger Muskies as well.
Try your hand at fishing these furious monsters with some classic artificial baits. Bucktails, Buzz Baits, the Funky Chicken (black with orange blade), Mepps Musky Killers, Tandem Spinner Baits, the suick or any standard topwater bait. Don't forget the leaders - 12 inch minimum and the stronger the better! .
They spawn in the spring shortly after the ice has melted (but later than the Northern Pike) usually in early to mid-May when the water temperature is between 49° F and 59° F.
Musky will grow on an average of six inches per year until they reach twenty four inches or four years old and after that only two inches per year pending on food supply. Once they hit forty inches, they only grow one inch per year. In warmer lakes they do tend to grow a little faster.
You will find spring musky success in warmer water. They are hungry and aggressive at this time of year and you will find them all over the chain in various settings including weed beds, stump fields, reefs, sand beaches, rocky shorelines and of course moving water. Look for the sunny inlets on any of these areas as they tend to want to hang out in warmer water.
Summer musky seem to move away from the sticks and hang on rock structure and into cabbage or weed beds. Generally in six to ten feet of water. As the water warms up the musky get more aggressive and are generally hungrier. Their metabolism picks up and it's a good idea to speed up your baits and throw bucktails to cover a lot of ground. Once you locate a fish and haven't been able to land it. Change it up and try something like a glide bait or bull dog to help speed it up and entice them to hit.
Unlike many of the other lakes in our area, On the Indian Lake Chain you can fish at dark. We actually find some anglers best success after dark, due to less traffic, fish see less baits and poor visibility flusters the musky to hit almost anything.
Fall musky fishing is all about structure rather than casting shorelines. Don't waste your time go straight to the rocks, reefs and drop offs to get the monsters lingering for a meal. Where you find the walleye and other bait fish, you will next musky fishing hot spot.
Many anglers will troll at lower speeds as the muskies are a little slower during colder months. Even soaking suckers can be very successful. You will find less traffic on the lakes at this time, but the wather is unpredictable so make sure you dress warm and prepare for some colder days. Once you do land one of those monsters, it will be larger as they are fattening up to get through the winter to make for a good spring spawn.