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Targeting Tiger Musky

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aza10:
Just looking for any tips and/or tricks on targeting tigers through the ice.  Iíve done a bit of research and It seems they can be hard to target at times.  Iíve read go deep, hotdogs, and that they just arenít too responsive when itís cold.  Has anyone really had any luck in the north idaho area??  TIA!

muskyon46:
Just had another member in Wyoming asking the exact same thing on the Wyoming board so I'd watch that post also. I did a bit of reading up in the pike section and have been applying it to the tigers here. I've only had a couple hits but no hook ups yet. I use a smaller flasher blade or Dodger, 1-2ft leader with a 3-5in tube baited with cut bait on one rod dead sticking. Then jig a rattle trap a few feet away and draw them in. Haven't hooked up on that one either. Now on pike I've been productive on both. I'll also fish for perch/crappie with my jigging rod and watch the dead stick. The tigers here like to cruise around right under the ice picking off the floaters that didn't make it back down in the really heavy pressured areas.  Good luck and keep us updated if you get into some

aza10:

--- Quote from: muskyon46 on Jan 09, 2020, 11:31 PM ---Just had another member in Wyoming asking the exact same thing on the Wyoming board so I'd watch that post also. I did a bit of reading up in the pike section and have been applying it to the tigers here. I've only had a couple hits but no hook ups yet. I use a smaller flasher blade or Dodger, 1-2ft leader with a 3-5in tube baited with cut bait on one rod dead sticking. Then jig a rattle trap a few feet away and draw them in. Haven't hooked up on that one either. Now on pike I've been productive on both. I'll also fish for perch/crappie with my jigging rod and watch the dead stick. The tigers here like to cruise around right under the ice picking off the floaters that didn't make it back down in the really heavy pressured areas.  Good luck and keep us updated if you get into some

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Thanks! Iíll keep an eye on that board as well. I have read about jiggin near the bait to attract them. Iíll have to try This tomorrow and see what happens. I usually fish tip ups so my rods are all pan fish and trout rods.  Hopefully the jiggin just attracts and I donít hook up. Thanks again !

Ice-A-Holic:
Back in the midwest I fish musky exactly the same way pike except maybe go heavier on line, leaders, hooks and bait.  Biggest chubs we could find (usually 8 - 10 inches).  Live was legal in Iowa but they were usually dead by the time we made it in the hole.  Just under the ice in 3 - 5 fow in weeds.   The fish were really spooky.  Especially in clear ice with no snow.  You could see them spook 50ft away under the ice when you approach.  We would set the tip ups  in shallow weedy bays early in the morning and leave them all day without approaching unless we got a flag.  Musky were always a rare catch buy when you did they were big and hard to land.  We released them all live if possible.

Hope this helps!  Good luck

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