Lake Kinkaid Illinois
Embedded in the Shawnee National Forest with over 90 miles of breath-taking shoreline is a 2750-acre reservoir known as Lake Kinkaid. Built in 1972, Kinkaid has become home to Illinois finest muskie fishery and arguably one of the best in the Midwest. With a 48" size limit, a spillway barrier, a tremendous forage base, and an extensive stocking program, Lake Kinkaid's muskie fishery is protected and shall continue to thrive for years to come.
In fact, the installment of the spillway barrier has made such an impact on the fishery that the amount of muskies boated through out a season has nearly tripled. This is due to the fact that muskies can no longer escape over the spillway during high water periods. It used to take an entire season to boat a hundred muskies, now that is accomplished before the muskie season even opens in the Northwoods.
Leech Lake, Minnesota
Due to extremely high water temperatures on Lake Kinkaid during the summer months, I pack my bags and head to northern Minnesota. I guide on Minnesota's finest muskie waters including Leech Lake and its surrounding waters, from the middle of June until the middle of October. These are truly trophy muskie waters and I would consider northern Minnesota to be the real muskie capital of the world. Muskies out of these waters average close to 45 inches, and 50 inch fish are not uncommon. In fact, there have been quite a few days where we have encountered over ten 50-inch muskies in one day.
I can provide lodging suggestions for any of the areas that we fish. I am not afraid to be flexible and travel to where ever the hottest bite is. This is an incredible area, and it seems there is always a hot bite somewhere. My goal is to put you on an absolute fish of a lifetime, getting it to bite is your job!!