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I love the topic of muskies decimating the lake. I'm surprised there are ANY fish left in the lake! One day at the dock there was a guy going off about the muskies eating all the crappie. There was another guy at the dock that responded by telling him that he ate a lot more crappie than the muskies ever could. How true that statement was.

Nearly every musky survey indicates that muskies primarily predate on non-gamefish species. Up north the primary forage is ciscoes, tullibees, and whitefish. I have never seen a study conducted in Missouri, but I would be willing to bet money that muskies are mainly predating on shad, carp, and suckers. The one thing I know for sure...is that they have not been feeding on anything I have been throwing.

Human predation happens on a far greater scale than what Muskies could ever account for, thanks KVD for sharing that. It seems that as long as Musky swim in a body of water they will be the "fallguy" for slow fishing. What I like are the stories of crappie fisherman spouting off with "everyone I catch, I cut it's throat", classic stuff there. The one thing that these folks seem to forget is that we are fishing, it's called fishing, not catching. Because you can't catch your limit, doesn't mean the fish aren't there, do you want them to jump on your hook and hook themselves. And I would like to second the fact that they sure don't seem to like the BAITFISH patterns I have been tying here lately.

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Muskie fisherman vs bass/crappie fisherman. What a hoot...gotta love it ! Good grief.... to each his own already ! Shut up and fish !

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Muskie fisherman vs bass/crappie fisherman. What a hoot...gotta love it ! Good grief.... to each his own already ! Shut up and fish !

You came here, to this thread and voiced your concern for the fact that Musky are responsible for poor fishing at Fellows Lake. Just like the countless others that refuse to listen to others that just might have a little more information and just a little more education on the subject you hit and run and try to make others look foolish because of your lack of useful information that back up your argument.

There is no Musky fisherman vs Bass/Crappie fisherman.......there is mainly a informed vs ignorant battle going on, and not just at Fellows Lake it's nationwide, it's length limits, it's slots, it's whether Stripers decimate fisheries, you name it. There will always be this divide, but do me a favor sit on your hands and listen a little bit, I know your ADHD is acting up but try, LISTEN TO OTHERS THAT MAY BE MORE INFORMED THAN YOU!

And live by your own "to each his own" mantra, and do us all a favor and please just "SHUT UP AND FISH", go have a HOOT!

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OK Pruett. You can have your thread back. My ADHD is causing me to lose interest in this subject and you. What a character you are indeed. Long live the Musky !

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OK Pruett. You can have your thread back. My ADHD is causing me to lose interest in this subject and you. What a character you are indeed. Long live the Musky !

Alright, I may of been a little ridiculous in my last post....but come on dude, do I need to refer back to your original pompous post in this thread. If you come across a certain way you should expect it in return. And this has nothing to do with my character.

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Can we agree that some like to crappie fish,others prefer catfishing,i love bass fishing. Point is i have a passion for fishing. I know nothing about Muskie or Northern Pike....But i would love to learn more and catch one once in awhile. I would even go as far as to trade a bass fishing trip for a muskie fishing trip. There is nothing wrong with learning something new. I admitt i will keep a few fish in the winter months to eat but i will turn loose 10:1 for every fish i eat. So any of you muskie fishermen want to learn a little maybe from an avid bass fisherman in trade for a muskie fishing trip? Give me a shout and we will plan it. :have-a-nice-day:

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MOhawghunter,

I can agree...to each their own when it comes to fish they want to catch. I think the difference with musky fisherman is we have to hear the same old nonsense (the muskies have eaten everything in the darn lake) from all the uninformed fisherman. I am a multi-species fisherman...have a bass boat, bass gear, crappie gear, etc. I never hear anyone complaining about bass eating crappie, which they surely do. It is always the misperception that muskies are destroying fisheries. And it's simply not true. I think the true musky anglers are just trying to educate both the non-musky community, and the weekend warrior musky fisherman that might be lacking in knowledge as well. Some people just take it the wrong way. I appreciate pruett's posts on here. I have never met him, but it seems as if he truly cares and is just trying to educate. I sense no malice whatsoever.

Kevin

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I've been reeling in a catfish at Fellows and it was attacked by a musky. Muskies are opportunistic, but if there is a decent baitfish population (as there is in Fellows), they will target them. Flathead catfish (which I have caught at Fellows) will eat bass, bluegill, and crappie, and anything else that happens to swim too close but we don't give them a hard time of it...

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:have-a-nice-day: It's been a while gentlemen, just curious to hear about any springtime Musky stories!

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I hooked into one last week from the bank while crappie and bass fishing. one it came up i knew it wouldn't last too long with my 8lb line. it was a nice one though. my guess was around 40 or so. the fight lasted less than five minutes the the obvious , it cut my line but it was an adrenaline rush for sure!! good luck and good fishing!!

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I hooked into one last week from the bank while crappie and bass fishing. one it came up i knew it wouldn't last too long with my 8lb line. it was a nice one though. my guess was around 40 or so. the fight lasted less than five minutes the the obvious , it cut my line but it was an adrenaline rush for sure!! good luck and good fishing!!

Awfully fun 5 minutes wasn't it?

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You better believe it. i have into a few and for a few short moments you forget about the world around you.

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