The muskellunge, a beloved fish for us in the Hayward area, has a strange affinity for dams. I have a lot of experience with this, both professionally as a biologist, and personally as an angler. I did my master’s work trying to understand why muskies go through dams on reservoirs in Illinois. In my own fishing, I have caught my share of muskies in the “plunge pool” immediately below dams from Chippewa Falls up to Cable.

I am certainly not the only one that knows this secret about finding muskies below dams. A fish caught by The Hayward Fly Company’s Stu Neville gives us an interesting case about muskies and dams. Here’s the story of Stu’s catch:

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