Every seasoned muskie angler lives for fall. After turnover, when water temps drop into the lower 50’s and 40’s, muskellunge begin to heavily feed in preparation for the long winter and ensuing spawn. Gorging on large baitfish like crappies, perch, ciscoes and herring, muskies will achieve their largest girths of the year, giving you a shot at a heavy, eye-popping fish. Despite the binging, fishing can be unpredictable. Some days feeding windows will be short and intense, and you’ll need to put in long hours to get your opportunity. Other days, muskies will chew virtually all day. Then there are those times when it feels like all the muskie simply got up and left the lake. Regardless, a few simple rules will help you spend your time in the right place, doing what you need to do. Here’s your game plan for scoring a trophy muskie this fall.