Muskie Minnow crankbaits typically are large in size, 8 to 10 inches long, and come in a number of different colors. These muskie lures come in floating, suspending and sinking.
A sure fire muskie fishing tip when nothing else seems to be working for strikes is to fish a floating minnow crankbait with a slack line twitch technique. Typically, these muskie lures have 3 treble hooks. So when you throw the bait and reel it in the bait dives. When you stop reeling the bait in, it will float horizontally to the surface. Here is how you want to tune the bait to float slightly head up. Do this by trading out the tail treble hook to one slightly larger and heavier. So when you stop reeling in the bait, it will float up with the head up slightly higher than the tail.
When you have your heavy tail hook tuned crankbait ready, cast out and reel 4 to 5 cranks, pause and twitch the pole 5 to 8 inches with a quick snap of the rod tip. This slack line will cause this muskie crankbait to move in erratic twist and cause a lateral movement as the bait floats to the surface head up, just like a wounded or dying fish would. Reel another 4-5 cranks pause, and twitch it again another direction and repeat. Do this process again and again and alternate changing up the reeling speed, reeling in more and pausing longer and twitching twice etc. By mixing up your retrieves this way, will cause the crankbait to appear even more erratic.
This fishing technique is killer effective in getting even the most stubborn bite shy muskie to hit the bait like a ton of bricks!