The season starts the first Saturday in May, beginning with Northern Pike, and Walleye, followed by Smallmouth Bass and Muskellunge opening the 3rd Saturday of June. Note: This differs in Canadian waters, Bass season does not open until the 4th Saturday in June in their waters. Also note that Muskie fishing is the best in the fall, October, November, and into December. The method generally used is to troll with downriggers. For many fishermen the hours spent in search of the elusive Muskie has little or no appeal. You must invest a lot of time and have plenty of patience. It’s called Muskie Madness. However, the reward can be great. Many catches in the 50 + inch range have been taken in the last couple of seasons.