Virtually every school of fishing will pound the word structure into your head. Fish love structure. This is thought to be especially true for the muskellunge. Any muskie angler knows that the fish love to hunt in the cabbage. But one of the most overlooked, and highly effective, patterns for catching fall muskies is targeting them in open water. Some muskies will spend their entire lives in the basin, never venturing into the shallows, and these fish tend to be true giants. The key factor is, of course, food. Where a wide variety of baitfish including herring, shad, crappies, perch, ciscoes, and whitefish are schooled up in open water almost any time of the year, you’ll find muskies by finding the bait.