Muskie - Fishing Deep Rivers in the Winter

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Instructor: Cory Allen
Categories: Freshwater Muskie

Fishing rivers for muskies often involves navigating a uniformly deep system with no shallow to deep differentiation. Learn to break down situations effectively, targeting less obvious features in deep water, and use upstream, cross stream, and down stream tactics to maximize coverage. Utilize principles from In The Spread musky fishing video to fish smarter and fish more of the river's water column.

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    Presenters: Cory Allen and Scott Lewis, South's premier musky fishermen.
    Focus: Breaking down a deep river for muskie fishing.
    Special Mention:

  •         Cory Allen: Master lure tactician, Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority, expert on rivers, reservoirs, dams, and locks.
  •         Scott Lewis: Expert in fly fishing, extensive experience in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.
    Video Highlights:
  •         Wintertime muskie behavior and pre-spawn patterns.
  •         Tactics for targeting less obvious river sections.
  •         Detailed lure dynamics and fly fishing techniques.
  •         Biological insights into muskie forage and baitfish mimicry.

Cory Allen and Scott Lewis, two of the South's premier musky fishermen, have teamed up to provide insights on deep river muskie fishing.

Cory Allen: The Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority

Cory is renowned as a master lure tactician. His expertise spans:

  •     Rivers (especially deep ones)
  •     Reservoirs
  •     Dams
  •     Locks

He offers a wealth of knowledge in the In The Spread Wintertime Muskie Fishing video.

Scott Lewis: The Fly Fishing Expert

Scott brings his unique fly fishing techniques to the table. With years of experience in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, his insights on fly fishing for wintertime muskie are invaluable.

Wintertime Muskie Fishing: The Deep Dive

This video isn't just about wintertime muskie fishing; it's also about the pre-spawn period. Muskellunge in these deep southern river systems begin spawning in mid-winter. While the obvious approach is to throw musky lures or flies at the bank, the video delves deeper. It answers questions like:

  •     What to do when fishing becomes challenging?
  •     How to target hidden parts of the river teeming with potential?

The strategies discussed will enable you to navigate the waters more efficiently, ensuring you don't miss out on any muskie.

Tactical Approaches and Techniques

Cory and Scott delve deep into the river system's intricacies. They discuss:

  •     Potential fish-holding spots in the channels
  •     Tactical approaches to muskie fishing
  •     Techniques for working upstream, cross stream, and downstream

Cory's Lure Dynamics: Cory meticulously discusses the swim characteristics of each lure and demonstrates how to use them effectively.

Scott's Biological Insight: With a background in biology, Scott understands the primary forage foods for muskie. He shares how to tie custom flies that mimic these baitfish.

If you're into muskie fishing during winter, this video is a treasure trove of information. By applying the principles from the In The Spread fishing video, you can explore more of the river's water column. We hope this content enriches your fishing knowledge. Remember, the learning never stops.


Who is Cory Allen?
Cory Allen is a master lure tactician and the Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority. He is renowned for his expertise on rivers, deep rivers, reservoirs, dams, and locks. Cory is known for his in-depth knowledge shared in the In The Spread Wintertime Muskie Fishing video.

What can we learn from Scott Lewis?
Scott Lewis is a seasoned fly fisherman with years of experience in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. He brings a unique blend of fly fishing techniques and biological insights, especially regarding baitfish that are predominant forage foods for muskie.

What are the key tactics for wintertime muskie fishing?

The video covers various tactics, including targeting less obvious river sections, understanding muskie behavior during pre-spawn, and maximizing water coverage using different fishing approaches.

How can one mimic the characteristics of baitfish?
Scott Lewis, with his background as a biologist, teaches how to tie custom flies that closely resemble the characteristics of baitfish, which are a primary forage for muskie.

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Sean horton 01.17.2020


Cory Allen

Cory Allen, known as the Tennessee Muskie Authority, has years of expertise in muskie fishing. He is a skilled guide in the Tennessee River drainage basin, specializing in understanding muskellunge behavior and environmental conditions. Allen's dedication to his craft and continuous learning make him a valuable resource for both seasoned and novice anglers.

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