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University of ESOX

Announcing our 2016 University of Esox Musky School lineup.

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 2015, more than 2,500 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 24 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

2016 Schedule


When: June 10-12, 2016
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 Editors Roger Sabota and Lou Eich, 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



When: July 16-23, 2016
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. More than 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 24 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. Bill Sandy is available as a guide throughout the week.

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 2015 schools. Actual letters are on file at the Musky Hunter office.

“My friends thought I was crazy going to a fishing school but once they saw the pictures of all the fish we (mostly Jamie) caught they changed their tune pretty quick. They were even asking if I was holding up a real fish!!!! I couldn’t believe it but I know now that I have a few ladies that will be fishing with me … the hunt continues!”
— Jamie B., Keewatin, Ontario

“It was a great trip. The school was excellent as was Sandy’s. Thanks again for all the help you, Jim, Kevin and Spence provided and making it a great trip.”

— Ken M., Lisle, Illinois

“I wanted to say thank you for an awesome week! We learned so much from each of you and the personal dead stick lesson I know will boat us some fish! This was such a great experience that we are talking about coming back in 2017.”
— Michelle O., Big Lake, Minnesota

“I wanted to let you know how it was that I came about catching fifteen in one week … the facts are I just paid attention to all of the things you guys talked about at the past schools I had been to, as well as this one. Thanks again it was an experience I will never forget.”
— Christian B., Lake Mills, Wisconsin

“I enjoyed the school. You guys did a great job!”
— Charlie P., Wausau, Wisconsin

“Just want you both to know I thought the school was a total ‘home run.’ I just loved it, grades for all aspects were A+ from the accommodations, the food, docks, resort staff, seminars … everything strictly first class.”
— Marty F., Mequon, Wisconsin

“Bill and William can’t stop talking about what a great time they had and how nice both of you are. I know they are hoping to do another trip in the future. Thanks for helping them create some great memories!”
— Jill S., Plainfield, Illinois

“I very much enjoyed the school, and learned quit a bit. Very well organized and done well.”
— Chris M., Ripon, Wisconsin

“Thanks again for a great week! We had a blast.”
— Jeremy S., Pittsboro, Indiana

“We had a great time at the Esox University.”
— Ashley S., Conyers, Georgia