Musky fishing is definitely unique as far as fishing goes. Muskies tend to be wary, rare and smart. Preferring to follow your presentations to the boat giving a thorough inspection, at time solely out of curiosity, versus actually eating the lure. They are called the fish of 10,000 casts for a reason.
Throughout the history of angling for muskies, the anglers who pursue them have always been known to be the elite few, or simply the craziest anglers on the water. They are pursuing a fish rarely caught, and judging their successes not always by the amount they are catching, but by the number of follows on a given outing.
Lures For Muskie
Let's take a look at our pick for the best musky lures on the market today. We also are putting our best lure option as the first lure on the list, the Mepps Musky Killer.
Mepps Musky Killer
The Mepps Musky Killer has been around for decades and is the top pick on our list. While it may not be the coolest looking lure on this list, it works, Period. It's a staple of musky fishing and has probably caught more fish than almost any other lure on the market. The musky killer is to musky anglers a household name, that most fished with since they were children.
That being said it's a versatile tool mimicking the silhouette of a baitfish with a colorado blade pumping out vibration and flash that screams eat me to a prowling musky. Burn it, slow roll it, bulge it right below the surface, or bring it in at ultra low speed with the blade barely spinning, and catch fish. In addition to flat out catching fish, one very cool feature of the mepps musky killer is its split ring linking the body and the skirt.
Allowing anglers to mix colors and blade types, giving unlimited color options. There is also a tandem version with two skirts available, giving you a larger profile, as well as variants with willow blades that are easier to run deeper.
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Musky Innovations Bull Dawg
First designed back in 1993, the Bulldawg by Musky Innovations changed the way musky fisherman fished forever. Being one of the first large, all soft plastic lures for musky. Taking a page out of the bass fishing style of fishing in its soft plastic design, the bulldawg can be fished any way you want, rip it, jig it, straight retrieve it.
There’s no wrong way to work it as long as it's in the water. The bulldawg comes in a shallow and standard running variant, along with sizes ranging from the 6-inch spring dawg to the massive 16 inch Super magnum or “pounder” dawg, due to the fact that it weighs an actual pound, with regular and magnum sizes in between. Along with the sizes the bull dawg comes in tons of different color patterns from bright and gaudy to natural fish patterns, with different colors coming out on a regular basis.
Musky Mayhem Double Cowgirl
The Cowgirl by Musky Mayhem Tackle is another lure that has revolutionized musky fishing. The Cowgirl became popular very quickly and is probably responsible for more muskies over 50 inches than any musky lure ever created, and it's only really been around for about 20 years.
With two giant #10 colorado blades, it moves massive amounts of water and causes tremendous amounts of vibration. Coming with flashabou skirts and high-quality components, and a vast and wide variety of color patterns to suit any need when it comes to double-bladed bucktails. This is a must have in any serious musky anglers arsenal.
River2Sea Whopper Plopper
The brainchild of World fishing hall of fame inductee and former host of the fishing show “The Hunt for Big Fish” Larry Dahlberg, the whopper plopper is a topwater lure that will surely be around for a long time. The lure’s fish catching power is a testament to its popularity. With a one of a kind flexible and cupped tail, the lure spits, sputters, and plops, on the surface to drive muskies crazy.
Larry put in countless hours of research and development into the tail to create that perfect plopping sound and has been responsible for countless numbers of trophy muskies as well as other species. Available in 8 eye-catching colors and 3 different sizes.
Suick Musky Thriller
The Suick Thriller was designed by a man named Frank Suick about 80 years ago. One day Frank was out fishing and was observing a dying trout on the surface of the water, kicking down into the water and rising back to the surface repeatedly. After observing this, Frank went home crafting a wood lure to replicate this dying trout he watched, after tweaking his design he proceeded to go musky fishing on his local lake in northern Wisconsin.
Catching a legal fish on the lure design every day for a whopping 30 days straight, the rest is history. To work the lure simply pull and pause, this causes the lure to dive and rise. Add in some snaps and rips and hang on! The thriller comes in 7” 9” 10” and 12” versions along with a variety of patterns, and are available in wood or hi-impact plastic versions.
Chaos Tackle Medussa
The Medussa by Chaos Tackle is right alongside the Bull Dawg in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. With Three tails the Medussa has a ton of action and if one of the tails is bit off from a pike or musky, or gets fouled on the rear hook, you still have multiple tails working for you.
The Medussa works best when used in a pull-pause manner, or by jigging and hopping the bait down drop-offs or over deeper water. The lure has more of a gliding/falling action and doesn't have as sharp of a sink rate like other soft plastic lures on the market, this is due to the flat and wide belly and the 3 tails providing more drag to slow its descent.
The Medussa comes in 6 sizes from the 7” Micro to the 17” Monster version with multiple sizes in between, and a very large variety of colors to choose from, covering all of your needs when on the water.