Here are some tips that an angler can use for more successful muskie fishing at night.
Fish Shallow Lures
Shallow running lures cast into shallow weed beds, stream inlets, and other traditional muskie areas will work at night as well as in the day. Even better though is that with night fishing the leaders and thick line are more difficult for the muskie to see. As the fish are less likely to spot the line and leader they are more likely to strike the lure.
Use Flashy Lures
When using crankbaits and other deeper running lures at night, anglers should use flashy and loud lures to help the muskie to find the lure. Spinnerbaits with large and shiny blades are another great choice for catching muskie at night.
Fish After Hot Days
The hottest days of summer might produce the best night time muskie fishing. Though the water temperature at night will still be quite warm, the muskie will have to feed at some point and the cooler night time temperatures might trigger some strikes.
Fish Weather Patterns
Just as with day time fishing, night fishing in front of weather changes can drastically improve the fishing. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and head out onto the water before approaching weather changes arrive. Keep safety in mind and get off the water or at least near the docks if severe weather is approaching.
Fish Pressured Waters
Lakes that hold large numbers of muskies might be overrun with pleasure boaters during the day. However, after night fall the water skiers and other pleasure boaters generally head home leaving the lake calm and quiet for fishing. The frequent daytime boat traffic can also make muskie and other game fish reluctant to feed during the day, particularly near boat docks and other busy areas.
No matter what fish you are targeted when night fishing, remember to bring along the bug spray. Night fishing has enough frustrations and difficulty without having to swat at bugs all night long. Lanterns and other lights that can help anglers to see to tie lures and undo snags are very beneficial as well. Most marinas and lake side shops are closed at night so arrive at the lake prepared with plenty of food, snacks, and bait.