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University of ESOX

Openings Remain For Canada School In July;
June Summer Musky Tactics School Fully Booked

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.

Jim Saric presents a seminar.
Jim Saric presents a seminar.

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 2017, nearly 3,000 muskies, including hundreds of trophy fish, have been boated by students at University of Esox events.

The schools heavily promote catch and release. While nearly 3,000 muskies have been caught during University of Esox schools, no musky has ever been kept.

Steve Heiting discusses a potential hotspot.
Steve Heiting discusses a potential hotspot.

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, 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

2018 Schedule

SUMMER MUSKY TACTICS — Sorry, but this school is fully enrolled!

When: June 8-10, 2018
Where: Vilas County, Wisconsin
• Hosted by St. Germain Lodge and Fibber’s Restaurant,  www.stgermainlodge.com
• Base Package (bring your own boat and tackle): $625
• Guided package (fish with an instructor in his boat): $1,025

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 writers and top local guides including 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.

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 — Hurry! Few openings remain!

When: July 14-21, 2018
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 2,200 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


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

How To Sign Up:

To reserve a spot in our Summer Musky Tactics school, a $200 deposit/person is required for the base (bring your own boat and tackle) package. A $300 deposit is required for the guided package.

For the week-long Canada Musky Adventure, a $600 deposit/person is required.

Your balance for any school you attend is due at the school’s conclusion.

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 2017 schools. Actual correspondence is on file at the Musky Hunter office.

“Thank you for the great time that Jordan and myself had at the University of Esox School. The hospitality at the resort, along with the professionalism that you and your staff provide was beyond any expectations. You may see me again in the future at one of your other schools.”
— Jeff M., Glencoe, MN.

“The school is already paying off. The new rod is working very well. I caught 3 yesterday 35″, 38.5″ and 42”, all on my new “go-to” bait, a black bucktail!”
— Paul P., Freeport, TX

“We had a great week. Saw lots of fish and could have easily been an epic week if my hookset was better. It was great fishing with you, just watching technique, etc. I’m already looking forward to next year.”
— Rob K., Marquette, MI

“Thanks again we had a great time.”
— Ben B., Marinette, WI

“We had a great trip, enjoyed the company & the school!”
— Ed O., Dwight, IL

“Lindsay and I both had a great time and wanted to thank you for your instruction and hospitality. Looking forward to doing it again!”
— Jordan G., Duluth, MN

“Thanks again for putting on a great school last week. It was a dream trip for me and I was very happy to participate in it.”
— Matt D., Alpharetta, GA

“It was amazing how all the little things we do added up to more fish! The school will help you get more musky to check you out, and teach to convert more of those fish. It was more than I expected. Come with an open mind and learn from the best.”
— Bill N., Vancouver, WA, and Joe K., Racine, WI

“Had a great time and I’ll definitely consider coming back. What a top notch group to spend a week with chasing muskies!”
— T.J. H., Pittsboro, IN

“Great experience. Loved everything about the whole thing!”
— Marty F., Milwaukee