If you’re looking for the best Muskie fishing in Minnesota, North Star Lake is well known for the number of monster Muskie caught every year by guests at North Star Lake Resort. Hooking into a 50 inch Muskie is the thrill of a life time, just ask anybody who’s caught one, and we can help make that experience happen. Known as the Fish of 10,000 Casts, Muskie fishing can be fun if not challenging. Muskie will often follow a lure without striking, always be prepared you never know when these monsters will strike. Casting off of rock piles and rocky weed beds is your best bet. We also recommend that you should be sure to have the proper gear. Pulling in a 30-pound Muskie on 8-pound line test just
isn’t going to work. Most Muskie fisherman use line tests of 20 – 25 pounds. The right rod is also important, for some Muskie you might be able to get away with your standard walleye rod but we wouldn’t suggest it. 6′ 6″ heavy rod is the smallest you’re likely to get away with. Many muskie anglers use a heavy 7′ rod to control these massive fish. Having the proper tackle and bait is also important. Many people think that you need huge 10 inch lures to catch Muskie, that’s just not true. A 4 – 6 inch Rapala will often work better then a larger one, so even if you don’t have monster lures you can still go muskie fishing.
Northern Pike Fishing
Northern Pike often called the “Little Brother” of the Muskie is perhaps one of the most fun fish to catch. While not as large as its big brother they are nonetheless aggressive fighters and will strike much faster then the Muskie. Where you might catch one or two Muskie on a good day, catching a dozen or more northern pike in a single day is not uncommon. You’ll catch many pike in the same areas as you catch Muskie but they can also be found in the weedier areas. Trolling or casting with spoons or crankbaits is best. Northern Pike can be found from shallow weedy bays in 1 – 8 feet of water to the deep ridges and cliffs of 20 feet of water. Gear wise you don’t need anything as large as the Muskie gear, though you will want to up your line weight to 10 or 12 pounds.
North Star Lake has some of the best walleye fishing in Minnesota. Walleye like to haunt the many deep holes and humps of North Star Lake. Vertical jigging theses areas with minnows is your best bet, though you’ll often catch them trolling with spinnerbaits and rapalas along the sandy weedlines. With the DNR stocking regularly since 1972 and over 40,000 fingerlings in the last 5 years you know there are plenty to catch. It’s not uncommon to catch several Walleye in the 20+ inch range during your stay at North Star Lake Resort.
Panfish and Crappie Fishing
Looking for great Panfish and Crappie? North Star has plenty of both. With an abundance of Crappie and Panfish North Star will keep you busy hauling in one after the other all day and you’ll come back for more. Look for the lily pads and shallow weed beds and fishing with a bobber and small night crawler or leech is best. Whether you’re looking to keep the kids happy or catch supper you’ll come away happy.
Whether you’re fishing for Northern Minnesota Muskie, Northern Pike, Walleye,
Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass, Crappie or Panfish;
we’re certain you’ll have a great time at North Star Lake Resort.
We look forward to your stay with us!