Image Via: Scott Gardner
Image Via: Scott Gardner

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

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.

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