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Just wondered if a few of you could list your 3 favorite  (under $6) lures for high mountain Muskie lakes ? I'd appreciate the imput. I'm going to Sportsman's on Friday and I want to pick up a few Muskie lures. Figured this was the best place to find out some good ones.  8)

I don't know if this matters, but their main source of food must be trout, as that is all that is in this lake.

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Under $6 is hard, well I have had good luck using 3/4-1oz bass jigs with a 5-9" plastic trailer like a twister, sally shad or a curly tail. Rapala original size 13 in rainbow or brown color scheme, or the jointed Rapala partner size 13. Early season is the only time I use normal sized baits. As summer temperatures rise then it is time to break out the 6-10" baits and go deep. Don't be afraid to try different, bright colors. Hope that helps
 

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James, I assume you're referring to Lake Estes, since you're from up that way. The main reason the Tigers are in there is because of the suckers, so the diet does't consist of just rainbows. You might try something emulating suckers, or better yet, the old tube jig w/a strip of sucker on it-much cheaper than most musky lures. But then you may just want to catch them on artificials. Just hang on when it hits!
 

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Yeah, I'll be trying at Lake Estes (to start). I've actually been out 3 times in the last week trying (w/ no success) for a sucker. I'd rather use a lure, but I'd try bait. The meat on a jig sounds like a good ideal.
I have 8 pound P-line mono on my reel. Should I have something stronger put on my spare spool, or maybe use a leader?
Thanks again for the info.

P.S. $6 is probably kind of cheap (not really for me  :-[). If I catch one, a more expensive lure would be worth it. 8) Also, where I'll be trying is shallow, so I could always wade out for lost lures.
Hey, while I'm out there, I could try to catch one by hand! (JK Ed  ;D)
 

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i have never seen any muskie lures for around six bucks except for sluggos and those huge storm lure jigs. Most run around $13. Anyways, i talk to the president of the co chapter of muskies inc and he said that suckers are the main diet followed by trout and perch. Let me know how you do.
 
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