Musks are activated soon after the water begins to warm up in the spring. And such rivers, which are in our region, are one of the best places to target them.
In the spring the water temperature rises rapidly. Periods of daylight increase sharply; warming spells quickly shoot temperatures in the 40s. A good example at this time is to focus on the mouths of major streams and rivers. Such places offer two attractions for musk. First, shallow pools with soft bottoms that heat up quickly often contain the best place to spawn. Even if musks don’t breed, they still try to do so. Second, good musk rivers are usually also good tasting rivers. Musks are probably attracted to pike perches that run in such streams / rivers during their spawning. Whether or not pike perch is used for food, such places tend to contain many other feed options. So go to the mouths of the rivers in the late period before spawning and spawning.
Large lures that provide good performance only at medium speeds can be effective for handling areas in and around estuaries. In this situation I had good luck with the great marine version of Rapala’s X-Rap. Another good bait for both water and different depths is the Esox Cobra lure from Bait Rigs.
Boat and coastal fishermen can catch estuaries. In fact, this situation gives one of the best chances for fishermen from the shores to contact the river musks, who spend most of their time in the main river. Casting locations are often limited, and while it rarely makes sense to beat the same main area with repeated throws, in this case there is some logic. Musks will ride back and forth around the area. Working on the spot for half an hour or so increases your chances of putting the bait in front of the fish.
A boat fisherman can more actively pursue river fish. I like to place the boat a little higher up the river from the mouth and start a slow drift perpendicular to it. Often at the bottom there is a clear edge formed by the river current, which washes away the soft material deposited by the incoming water. This edge runs parallel to the shore. During this drift the castings must land inside the mouth of the creek and go beyond the edge of the erosion. Although the difference in depth is often only a couple of feet, musk often refers to this.
If there is enough water / depth in the creek / river itself – and it is often on navigable rivers – you should run there as well. I usually run up the creek at a slow speed without getting out of sleep and then float downstream as the boat drifts back to the main river. In the waters where I fish, there is usually a half-mile or so area of slow, soft / dark bottom at the far end of these streams and small rivers that may contain musk at this time of year.