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University of ESOX

Our 2015 schools are fully-enrolled. Please call for information about 2016.

Are you looking to catch your first or biggest musky? Have you ever wondered what separates those who occasionally catch muskies from those who consistently boat this elusive fish? If so, the University of Esox is for you.

The University of Esox, an offshoot of Musky Hunter Magazine, is the pre-eminent musky fishing educational program and has been in business since 1996.

The University of Esox conducts weekend and week-long musky fishing schools in the Midwest and Canada each season. Each school combines classroom seminars with on-the-water instruction and fishing, and focuses on the location and the time of year in which the school is held.

What Is The University of Esox?

The University of Esox is designed to help people become better musky anglers. University of Esox Musky Schools combine peak musky fishing times with great musky locations. Schools involve classroom instruction and fishing, and are held at first rate resorts throughout the Midwest and Canada. Seminars feature PowerPoint, video, and hands-on instruction. 

University of Esox Musky Schools are intensive but informal. The schools are designed for your education and enjoyment. Through 2014, more than 2,400 muskies, including hundreds of trophy fish, have been boated by students at University of Esox events.

The schools heavily promote catch and release, and no musky has ever been kept at a University of Esox event.

Your instructors for the musky schools are Jim Saric, Editor of Musky Hunter Magazine and the host of The Musky Hunter Television Show, and the magazine’s Managing Editor, Steve Heiting, two of today’s best-known musky fishing professionals. Jim and Steve have hundreds of giant musky catches to their credit. Jim has taught musky fishing schools since the mid 1980s, Steve since the early 1990s. Jim and Steve are joined by Musky Hunter writers Spence Petros, Bill Sandy, “Lunker” Lou Eich, Roger Sabota, Dave Dorazio, Kevin Schmidt, Ken Jackson, Rob Manthei and other top musky guides in teaching these schools.

Schools are held at outstanding resorts and lodges that cater to musky fishermen. Schools are non-competitive, and students are encouraged to share information to help everyone catch and learn more about muskies. A low student/instructor ratio is maintained, and class size is limited to no more than 26 students at any school.


What’s included:

  • Latest information
  • Marked maps
  • Seminars
  • Class materials
  • All meals
  • Lodging
  • Welcome bag containing musky lures, leaders, etc.
  • A chance at hundreds of dollars worth of door prizes

2015 Schedule

SUMMER MUSKY TACTICS: Sorry, this school is fully-enrolled

When: June 12-14, 2015
Where: Vilas County, Wisconsin
• Hosted by St. Germain Lodge and Fibber’s Restaurant,  www.stgermainlodge.com
• Base Package (bring your own boat and tackle): $600
• Guided package (fish with an instructor in his boat): $950

Learn summer musky tactics during the pre-summer peak in the famed waters of northern Wisconsin. High success rate. This is a Friday through Sunday event, and the University of Esox staff will be joined by Musky Hunter Field Editor Roger Sabota and other top local guides including Ken Jackson and Rob Manthei.

Students annually enjoy a success rate of around 50 percent at this school. Attendees receive about eight hours of seminars, which discuss all “typical” summer musky fishing tactics. As many as a dozen different area waters may be fished during this school.

Enrollment is limited to 23 students. This popular school is always a quick sell-out!

Don’t have a partner? We can pair you up with another student.


Fish with the instructors! Guided packages are available only for the Summer Musky Tactics School in Wisconsin.

Students who choose the guided option may bring their own tackle or use the guide’s tackle. It’s your choice. You will fish out of the guide’s boat. If you’re traveling for a considerable distance to attend one of these schools and sign up for guided option, all you need to do is show up with clothing appropriate for the weather and a fishing license, and you’re good to go.

For more information: Call Steve Heiting at 1-800-23-MUSKY (1-800-236-8759), or 1-715-477-2178 outside the United States. Or e-mail at steveheiting@muskyhunter.com


CANADA MUSKY ADVENTURE: Sorry, this school is fully-enrolled

When: July 18-25, 2015
Where: Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada
• Hosted by Sandy’s Blackhawk Island Camp, www.sandysblackhawkisland.com

• Full Week Package: $1,795 (bring your own boat)

A week-long musky fishing school on Lake of the Woods’ fabulous Northwest Angle is conducted by the University of Esox each July. Learn the secrets of Canadian waters and the tactics to catch giants. Twice-daily info sharing sessions keep everyone on the hot patterns. Nearly 2,000 muskies have been caught in this school since its inception — up to 54 1/2 inches. This school teaches students how to fish Canadian waters, specifically Lake of the Woods, with summer musky fishing patterns. The skills taught at this school can be applied to any Canadian water.

Each year, about a fourth to a third of the University of Esox students catch their personal best musky during this school, sometimes exceeding 50 inches. Sandy’s Blackhawk Island Camp is owned by LOTW guide Bill Sandy, arguably the best musky guide on the entire lake. The camp, built in 1999, features beautiful log buildings and is one of Canada’s premier musky fishing camps. Jim and Steve are joined by veteran instructors Spence Petros and Kevin Schmidt.

Enrollment is limited to 26 students. While you can sign up as an individual, we highly recommend that you sign up with a partner.

You must bring your own boat to this school. Boats are not included in the school price, nor are they available from the resort.

While part of your instruction includes a day fishing with one of the instructors, University of Esox instructors are not available to guide in the Canadian Musky Adventure. However, top-notch resort guides are available. Call for details.

For more information: Call Steve Heiting at 1-800-23-MUSKY (1-800-236-8759), or 1-715-477-2178 outside the United States. Or e-mail at steveheiting@muskyhunter.com


How To Sign Up:

Weekend musky schools cost $600/person for the base package or $950 for the guided package. To reserve a spot, a $200 deposit/person is required for the base package, and a $300 deposit/person is required for the guided package.

The week-long Canadian Musky Adventure costs $1,795, and a $600 deposit/person is required.

You can sign up one of two ways: Call 1-800-23-MUSKY and put the deposit on a MasterCard/Visa, or send a check or money order for your deposit to: University of Esox, c/o Musky Hunter, PO Box 340, St. Germain, WI 54558.

Call 1-800-23-MUSKY to sign up or receive more info!
Hurry! Enrollment is limited. Don’t miss your chance!

If You Still Aren’t Sure About Attending A
University of Esox Musky School, Read These Testimonials

All testimonials were unsolicited from 2014 schools. Actual letters are on file at the Musky Hunter office.

“Thanks again for a great week. You guys taught me more than I think I could soak up in one week. Mark me down for next year. I’ll be there.”
— Rob K., Marquette, MI

“I agree with Rob. I’ve never musky fished before attending this and now I can’t wait to get back on the water. I learned a lot from the staff. For anyone on the fence, I advise signing up next year for a great hunt.”
— Willy T., Marquette, MI

“Attached is a photo of my fish. Gosh you should have seen the one I lost. Mike & I just looked at each other and didn’t know what to say. It was a giant. OMG! Thanks for putting together a great trip.”
— Ed O., Dwight, IL

“Really appreciated the day on the water and spots — everything you showed us and the details about the locations helped us find the spots we moved and caught our fish.”
— Steve B., Palatine, IL

“We had an unbelievable great time. Tim’s best day fishing ever, his quote. We did catch some great fish and we saw one that we wish we caught. I had such a great time, I don’t know what my summers would be like without this.”
— John C. Mississauga, ON

“We both had a great time at the school, and also really enjoyed our day on the water with you. Thanks for everything.”
Mike S., Green Bay, WI

“I learned a lot and it will benefit my planning and confidence going forward. Man is that a neat fishery at LOTW. I enjoyed all the conversations with all you guys and the sharing. The passion is palpable.”
— Jim O., Hartland, WI

“Just wanted to thank you again for a great trip to LOTW. The school was excellent and we learned a lot. Jim and I had a great time! Wish we could have converted more of those follows. Thanks for showing us around on Sunday it really helped us get to know LOTW. That was the best day of the week as far as I was concerned.”
— Dave K., Hartland, WI

“Thanks again for another great trip. Each year you teach us more about the various techniques used to catch more musky; and it is working for us. The mix of the presentations, fishing with the instructors and fishing by ourselves is the perfect combination. We also always end up with some new friends. That’s what fishing is all about!”
— Mike R., Monee, IL

“On the way home Luke said the following: ‘I think this was our best ever trip and I liked it more than Disney in Florida.’ You should print that!”
— John C., Mississauga, ON (Editor’s note: If you’re wondering why John is quoted twice, he attended both schools in 2015.)

“Bill and I talked about our weekend in St. Germain and everything was perfect. Just everything.”
— Mike J., Menominee, MI

“I just wanted to send you a followup note thanking you and complimenting you on a great event over the weekend. First day back at work and I’ve enjoyed telling the stories. You guys do a great job, congrats and keep it up!”
— Adam H., Madison, WI