Pomme de Terre Muskies
Lake of the Woods has a worldwide reputation for superb muskie fishing, but Wilson says Pomme de Terre is comparable with that lake or any other muskie hotspot.
"The biggest muskie I've ever caught was 47 1/2 inches long and I've caught two that size," Wilson said. "One was on Lake of the Woods, and one was here, on Pomme de Terre."
Many bass anglers would enjoy fishing for muskies. Both involve throwing artificial baits on baitcasting equipment. However, muskie fishing requires diligence and perseverance. After all, muskies aren't called "the fish of 10,000 casts" for nothing. Throwing a 2-ounce crankbait all day can wear out any angler, and you may go several trips without so much as a bite. Many muskie anglers are thrilled if they can simply get a fish to follow their bait.
"We have a muskie tournament every year," Wilson said. "The tournament is three days long, and you hope to catch one fish on the first day and then one more on the two remaining days. One fish makes for a good day."
Why would anyone want to fish all day and only catch one fish? Muskies usually strike with speed, power and force unmatched by any other species. They strike so violently that they sometimes break line, lures or poles on the initial strike. All it takes is one fish for an angler to become obsessed with catching another.
"I had about two feet of line out when I caught my first muskie," Wilson said. "I was lifting my lure out of the water, and this big muskie shot out of the water and grabbed the lure in the air."
Anglers might catch several fish on a really good day. Like with most game fish, overcast days usually produce better fishing. Wilson and Meade agree that autumn is the best time for Pomme de Terre muskies, but good fishing lasts throughout the winter months.
"In September and October, when the water temperature drops into the 70s and 60s, the fish come out of the deeper water," Wilson said. "They can usually be caught in water less than 10 feet deep that time of year, and as the water gets even cooler, the fish will move into water even shallower."
"Muskies are cool-water fish and generally don't do well this far south," Meade explained. "They can get really stressed during hot summers, but they really get active when the water cools off."