My personal list of top 20 muskie lures. Although if I were putting together at tackle box with only 20 lures it look more like 3 each of the first 7.
This is a list of lures that you can buy new today. Some good lures are not made anymore and would have made this list were they still being made today. Slammer's Loc-A-motive, for example. There are also some lures that look good. But I'm not going to spend much more than $20 on one when I know that I'll still prefer one of these.
17.-20. I can't think of anything else. Buy one extra of numbers 1-4, and we'll call it 20.
16. Rapala Magnum 18
|Deep Diving Rapala|
15. Shallow Raider
14. Reef Runner Ripstick
|Reef Runner Ripstick|
13. Super Rap
12. Bobbie Bait
Another good jerkbait.
11. Double Cowgirl
10. Rapala Super Shad Rap
Another good crankbait from Rapala.
|Rapala Shad Rap|
The original isn't made anymore, but there are some reproductions being made.
9. Windel's Harasser
A bucktail that makes my list because my dad's first two four footers came on a Harasser on consecutive days, a 48" and 52". And its, generally, a bit bigger than my #1 lure.
8. Cisco Kid
Deep diving crankbait that always works well. Also an original muskie lure; not a copy of somebody else's design.
7. Woodchopper and Big Game Woodchopper
The only surface bait that I've used in about 3 years. I once had a 45" muskie fly after it, past and under the boat, so I casted out the other side, it flew under again, and I caught it off the first side on the third cast. They are really hard to find.
Most Rapalas aren't terribly big, but you can get big Slammers and they work very well.
I am buying two new muskie lures in 2012. A Jointed Rapala and a deep diving Slammer.
5. Jointed Rapala
You can't go wrong with a Rapala. I've probably caught more fish on one of these than anything else.
4. Bull Dawg
If you're new to musky fishing you can't go wrong with one of these. Reel it straight in, jerk it, jig it, fast, slow...you can do no wrong with one.
3. Rapala Original Floating Minnow
|Rapala Original Floating Minnow|
One of the original jerkbaits. Other than live bait, these have probably caught more 50" muskies than any other lure.
You need to make several hundred casts before you discover if you have a good one. But when you get one, you'll really like it.
I knew a guide that threw a 10" model every cast for a whole season.
Buy a weighted one. Check to make sure that the tail is straight before you buy it.
1. Rizzo Wiz (or Whiz, Whizz, Wizz)
My vote for the best muskie lure.
There are several varieties, colors, and sizes. Put a small one on in the spring and a big one on during the summer and fall. Expect to catch pike and bass too. I don't think that my dad uses anything else until the end of summer.