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you can incorporate a series of jerks or twitches. Try to picture in your mind how your bait is reacting in the water. If you observe a school of bait fish, you will notice that they are rarely all swimming in one constant motion. In this instance, move your rod position from one side of your body to the other to change the direction of the bait. You can also try changing your rod position, moving the tip from high in the air all the way down to below the water’s surface. When you catch a fish, try to duplicate the motion. Many times little subtleties like this are the ones that can increase your odds versus the other person in the boat. Baits like the new Rapala X-Rap offer the perfect versatility. They are excellent change up baits. With their unique design they can be extremely effective on a straight retrieve or even deadlier when you incorporate a slight pause and then begin the retrieve again. They offer a broad variety of color patterns that can be matched to the forage in the body of water you chose to fish. Using a longer rod can also be an advantage. It will allow you to cast bait further and put more action on bait with little effort. When casting for walleyes, I prefer a spinning rod and reel set up. There are many anglers awaiting their chance to produce a respectable limit the first night of the season. For some, the experience will be similar to the prior year’s- a livewell full of aluminum cans, plastic bottles, candy wrappers and maybe a walleye or two somewhere in there. Then there will be others that decide to capitalize on an opportunity. Whether it is a tributary or a nice gravel shoreline on the northwest side of a lake, make sure to do some research on the body of water you will be fishing. Look for the key locations where fish are likely to spawn. Then look for the rock reefs, weed lines, sand flats and drop offs that the walleyes will relate to as they leave these areas. Make sure to arm yourself with the proper baits and equipment to help increase your chances of catching fish. By adopting these concepts your first night will not only be the fulfillment of traditions but also the transition to opening night fishing success. Contact Bart Rosen for your next walleye or muskie adventure, as Bart would say “Game ON” Want a muskie? Here are a few guides that can help you out Kyle Brickson 2155 E Chub Lake Rd Carlton, MN 55718 Day Ph: 218-590-0216 muskyle@netzero.net www.minnesotamuskieadventures.com -Mille Lacs Lake -Vermilion Area Kevin Dickinson 2930 Oakland Rd Minnetonka, MN 55305 Day Ph: 612-804-8364 -Twin Cities Area Brian Gulseth 17725 327th Ave Isle, MN 56342 Day Ph: 218-821-7843 Eve Ph: 320-676-8064 bgulseth@mlec2.net www.figure8guideservice.com -Mille Lacs Lake Ted S. Gwinn 301 Tianna Ave Walker, MN 56484 Day Ph: 218-547-3514 Eve Ph: 218-547-3514 tgfish@arvig.net Al Moss 200 Summit Ave PO Box 253 Walker, MN 56484 Day Ph: 218-547-1600 Eve Ph: 218-547-1600 aldimaas@paulbunyan.net www.leechlakeguides.com/almaas Ted Roos 22048 Old Curre Rd SE Cass Lake, MN 56633 Eve Ph: 218-335-8805 -Cass Lake Any of these guides can help you achieve your muskie goals this season, go get em...

Be Prepared for the Unexpected By Randy Tyran Century Island Lodge is located in the heart of Osbourne Bay. And, because of the location it offers the angler much greater access to prime fishing periods, unlike other facilities on the lake. You will be fishing prime water while others would be traveling... Muskie Fishing Have you ever had a muskie follow your minnow bucket at boatside just to examine it? Has a muskie nosed up to your trolling motor to investigate the sounds and vibrations it gives off as you engage the propeller, or latched on to your stringer of walleyes long enough to net the opportunity for a picture? Have you been in the boat while two muskies were caught simultaneously on the same cast at the same moment? Of course many of us, or someone we know, have had a muskie attack a walleye or pike that was being reeled in. But to boat two muskies being caught on the same lure simultaneously? WOW! Now that’s hard for even me to believe as I reflect on that particular day, but it did happen! These are just a few of the exciting experiences that I have had fishing muskies over my lifetime. Experiences such as these excite even the most avid of anglers and are sure to become a part of your storytelling the more times you get out and enjoy this unique and sometimes very unpredictable sport. I have had the opportunity to fish muskie each summer for the past twenty years, since I was nine years old. The primary location for my personal education on this freshwater predator species has been Osbourne Bay of Eagle Lake, where my family and I own and operate the remote island fishing resort, Century Lodge. It is located on an island on the southeast end of the ninety mile long Eagle Lake in Northwestern Ontario. Growing up amidst some of the best muskie fishing available, I had a unique opportunity to be exposed to the sport early and to develop my understanding through numerous experiences. Although I have fished for over twenty years in some of the world’s best muskie waters, I still consider myself a student and am constantly yearning for more knowledge about these elusive fish. I enjoy listening to fellow anglers and sharing ideas and concepts in the field, which I think are continuously evolving as more and more muskie fishermen join the sport. The instinctive quality of muskie fishing was taught to me in large part by elder Native Americans who grew up on the lake during the 1940s and early 1950s, many of whom have now passed away. These teachers knew very little about GPS units, depth finders or the names or manufacturers of lures, but what they did possess was an instinctive quality few ever achieve in a lifetime. On the flip side, I have also fished with a number of professional anglers such as Bob Mehsikomer, who rely not only on instinct but also their detail-oriented, high-tech and scientific understanding of the way muskies think and use the environment in which they live. Both the instinctive qualities that I have learned in large part from Native Americans as well as the high-tech scientific approach that I grew up around have benefited me immensely in catching fish more often. With that being said, my goal in this article is to pass on to you a few suggestions that will better prepare you for your first or next muskie trip when you do hook into the elusive muskie. I frequently encounter lodge guests who arrive at our resort without reading the suggested lure list we send out or calling ahead for de