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“7” Degrees Of Muskie Location cont. stant warming trend, I feel they will strongly utilize large tapering points. However, that same fish which resides here will act very differently during cold front periods. experience a drop of five degrees in their environment and they will have all but vanished. This negative influence will cause the predator to relocate to the most dramatic edges the structure will exhibit. They will make it a habit during these periods to become very vertically oriented. They will escape the cooling trends by simply dropping down in the water column, exerting almost no energy in this effort. Unlike the energy necessary to navigate a larger tapering area to accomplish the same goal. If nature has done anything, it has instinctively conditioned these fish to conserve energy whenever required. This is in some cases evident when the pursuit of muskie becomes an obvious one sided event, painfully witnessed by the absolute absence of muskie. Been there, seen that, to many times. Apron and saddle fish will generally vacate these areas during cold front periods, generally because of the smaller and somewhat shallower water extremes associated with the more productive saddles and aprons. Look for these inhabitants to seek deeper water sanctuaries until things improve or until they have simply adjusted to the conditions and the physiological need to feed demands they do. Simply put, if these are your only options for fishing under severe conditions, expect to demonstrate patience and persistence in your endeavor to succeed. Saddles and aprons are without question among the muskies most preferred locations for muskie activity during warm or improving trends. These are also areas where in the past we have connected with large societies under such conditions, providing the structures are adequate enough to support such larger populations. Weedbeds are easily located, but seldom fished properly. These areas are a structural element commonly found throughout the muskies natural range and during the 67-77 degree period are incredibly paramount. They can be comprised of any number of aquatic plant types including but not limited to cabbage, milfoil, coontail, pickle weed and so on. And, in the more fertile systems such weedbeds will often be comprised of two or more plant types in a single location. Look for transition of weed types as the spot on the spot.They are also one of the few structure elements that will actually house muskies throughout the entire peak summer season. By that I am referring to the ability to hold complete societies from week to week. Knowledge and proper approaches to such areas will greatly improve your hour to fish ratio. The canopy effect produced by healthy aquatic plant life will cool the waters when necessary. The presence of healthy growing vegetation will provide valuable oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. When cover is required of the predator, little offers more value than a healthy weedbed and in fact, nothing will house a more complete and diverse population of potential forage offerings. These are all key considerations regarding your selection of this type of structure. Weedbeds in lakes such as Wabagoon will collectively hold up to 80 percent of the total muskie population and can be productive three to four times as long as other prime structures, opposed to those found on Lake of the Woods which may only house 40-50 percent of the muskie population during limited periods. While fishing Wabagoon back in the mid-seventies I stumbled on some idiosyncrasies of which I found most interesting and still apply to my approach today. During the periods of 67-77 degree water temps, history has indicated it can be very difficult to entice fish activity in clear water systems under bright sunny conditions. I started to seek darker water systems to overcome this apparent problem. Knowing I couldn’t easily change the weather conditions to those I preferred, I decided to adapt, by temporarily changing locations. In doing so I realized the darker the water, the quicker it warmed. As well as warming quicker it also promoted development of vegetation much earlier and quicker. So in fact, if I were to arrive at my chosen clearwater system and was faced with bight conditions, I would trailer to a darker lake. In this case from Eagle to Wabagoon. What was most interesting was the fact in the case of the Goon, the calmer the water, the brighter the conditions, the better it was. The sediment so profound in Wabagoon would stir up very easily under wind conditions and would adversely settle under calm periods, actually enhancing my results. The point is, wether you are moving around a very large system such as Lake Of The Woods, or moving from lake to lake in northern Wisconsin, you can circumvent existing conditions to