Stevenson admits that, though it’s cliché, the early bird does get the worm. “It’s the guy who gets out on the lake first that catches muskies on topwaters,” he says. Although Stevenson has caught muskies on topwaters at virtually every time of day, the most reliable times are an hour before sunup and the two hours after sunset. “Once the sun rises and the fish have adjusted to the light, you can put the topwaters away,” he says. According to Stevenson, muskies will migrate into the shallows at night, when it’s cooler, and leave once the water warms up, making the first light of the day “last call.” Stevenson prefers humid days with a very light chop for throwing surface lures. He focuses his efforts on shallow bars, flats, river mouths, rockpiles, and channel edges. Stevenson believes covering as much water as possible is key, so he throws a propbait most of the time, with River2Sea’s Whopper Plopper and the Joe Bucher Top Raider being his go-tos.