Want to land a monster fall muskie? Toss a giant bait into moving water

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The water wolves of autumn

Gord Pyzer reveals his top fall muskie spots—and why they’re all rivers

With its colder water temperatures, late fall is a prime time to go muskie hunting. And since the big toothy critters are in the final stages of feeding heavily before sleeping away the winter, they’ll typically crush large, four- to seven-ounce soft-plastic baits such as Water Wolf Shadzillas, Bondy Baits and Musky Innovation Bull Dawgs.

Credit: Gord Pyzer. Muskie expert John Bondy fishes the Detroit River.
Credit: Gord Pyzer.
Muskie expert John Bondy fishes the Detroit River.

Muskies are a riverine species and you’ll find some of the finest fishing in destinations such as Ontario’s Detroit, French, Goulais, Niagara, Ottawa, Rideau, St. Lawrence, Seine and Trent Rivers. I enjoyed my best-ever day of muskie fishing while plying the Detroit River in late autumn with Windsor, Ontario, guide Jon Bondy. In just 15 hours, we hooked 15 muskies and successfully landed 11—with four of the beasts topping 40 pounds.

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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