Most Huron County outdoorsmen are more concerned with shotguns and archery gear these days then fishing rods. The bow season is going well with some large bucks already taken and more to come once the rut is on full. Rabbit and pheasant season will begin soon, squirrel hunting is still good, and the list goes on. But it was a fairly hot summer with fall just beginning and inland lakes are cooling slowly.
That cooling water sends a signal to fish to feed up for a nearly dormant winter, to eat fast and eagerly and put on some fat for frigid days to come. Muskies are a typical example. They are hitting right now in lakes all over Ohio, and doing so in a surrounding of beautiful fall foliage and blue water that is as pretty as you are likely to find. A better than usual time to catch one or two, especially since fall has traditionally been the season to take real lunkers.
There are several ways to go for autumn muskellunge and the traditional way is to troll for them just as anglers do all spring and summer. Trolling has one great advantage lures are in the water non-stop and working for a catch, while casters have their offerings out of the fish zone as often as not and sometimes in the air flying out for another cast. Veteran trollers traditionally fish with four lines (two anglers), and run two at fair depth and well behind the boat, another at mid-depth and closer, and the fourth not far behind the prop wash.
They all keep the lures clean, too, watching for weeds that cause changes in lure action and an eye on a fish finder if they have one looking for big blips at a particular depth, then changing a line or two to that depth. Lures should be changed every half hour or so, and that means size, color and action until something works.