David Hebeda Discusses Muskie Fishing by the Season

It doesn’t matter what season it is, David Hebeda loves fishing for muskies. But David Hebeda knows his approach to catching these large, freshwater North American fish must change with the seasons in order to be an effective angler.

After years of catching muskies and studying their behavior, David Hebeda understands how their movement and location at any given season is never the same throughout the year. But just like any other fish, muskies follow seasonal patterns that make them easier to track and fish for.

To help you learn the varying behavior of muskies throughout each season, here’s a quick guide from David Hebeda.

Early Spring: This time of year is referred to by many anglers as “Ice-Out” season because it is when the ice from winter first starts to melt and the muskies transition out of their winter behavior. The surface water temperature isn’t quite high enough for muskies to come up and feed in the shallow flats, but they do begin to move toward where they’re going to spawn.

Prespawn: As the water warms up with the season, muskies move to warmer and shallower water. Female muskies feed heavily during this time to give their bodies enough nutrients and energy for their spawn.

Spawn: Once the water reaches the optimal temperature for spawning, which is typically between 55-65 degrees for muskies, it will be very difficult to catch one of these fish. However, no two musky are alike and even if you think you’re fishing during a time when most are spawning there still could be plenty that are still in prespawn, which is a great time for fishing.

Post Spawn: After the spawn, female muskies are usually very lethargic as they recover. Sometimes hitting them right in the nose with your bait isn’t even enough during this time. However, males remain aggressive during this period.

Summer: Water can get too hot for Muskie fishing in the summer. The general rule of thumb is that you don’t fish for muskies when the water temperature surpasses 80 degrees. Muskie won’t typically feed in the middle of hot summer days. During summer Muskie fishing it is wise to go very early or very late in the day.

Early Fall: Once the weather starts to cool down, muskies move from their summer spots to shallow water again. Weed flats and edges of lakes are the best place to find these fish during this time of year.

Turnover: Turnover is the time of year when lakes “flip” their water. As the weather gets colder, the bottom layer of water in the lake becomes warmer than the top layer that had been heated up during the summer. The bottom layer rises as the top layer sinks, which stirs up all kinds of sediment and weeds. Muskie fishing can be tough during this time.

Late Fall: Just when fishing season is winding down for most species, late fall makes for the best time to go fishing for muskies. As Muskie get ready for winter months their metabolisms slow down and they get bigger and fatter. This doesn’t make them eat more or attack bait more aggressively, but it does make for some bigger catches.



Learn How to Form a Band from Dave Hebeda

One of the favorite hobbies of Dave Hebeda when he’s not spending time with his children, playing poker, or fishing for Muskie is performing with his 70s rock and 80s heavy metal band.

Dave Hebeda and his band play just for fun, not for money, but what they get out of their experience has tons of value. Playing in a band allows Dave Hebeda to express himself through music and relieve some of the stresses from his career as a well-respected certified personal accountant.

Dave Hebeda wants to share the benefits of being in a band with others and that’s why he has come up with this guide on the best ways to form a band. If you sing, play an instrument or both and want to play with others in a band, here are some ways to get started.

Find Rehearsal Space

What good is a band without a place to practice? Finding your rehearsal space should be the first step you take when forming a band because it will allow you to hold auditions and then get started practicing as soon as the band members are selected. Basements, garages, storages spaces, recreation centers, and professional rehearsal studios are all viable options for a rehearsal space. Just make sure you soundproof whatever room you use so that you don’t create too much noise for others nearby.

Create an Ad for Auditions

Next, make a flyer that advertises the auditions you’ll be holding for your band. Include the time, date, and place and spread the flyers all over town as much as you can. You can even go an extra step and take at an ad in a local paper.

Hold Auditions

Holding tryouts for your band can be one of the most exciting parts of the process. However, it could lead to hard decisions for you to make. Your auditions could be filled with talent but you can only have some many people in a band at a time.

Begin Rehearsals

Once you’ve selected your band members, it’s time for you to begin rehearsing and getting ready for your first gig. The key to orderly rehearsals is dividing up the rehearsal responsibilities. Assign members of your band to positions such as rehearsal director, image coordinator, bookkeeper, and publicists.

Choose a Name

Don’t rush the name choosing process.  Let it come organically to achieve the best results. Once your band begins to form an image and personality, the right name will become clear as day.

Don’t Think Time Management is Important? Guess Again

Do you constantly struggle to get through your to-do list? Does balancing work, family, and your hobbies seem impossible sometimes? Well, it sounds like you could use a newfound appreciation for time management.

Vein Clinics of America, Corporate Controller, Dave Hebeda, is an expert on time management and an excellent example of how proper time management can lead to a successful and fulfilling life. Through prioritizing time-management techniques in his life, Dave Hebeda finds plenty of time to complete his responsibilities at work, be a loving husband and father, as well as partake in his many interests such as playing guitar, playing poker, and fishing for Muskie.

Dave Hebeda is a firm believer in the virtues of time management. But if you don’t want to take his word for it, how about the advice of some other highly successful individuals who valued what time management could do for them?

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” – William Penn

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much can be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Make use of time, let not advantage slip.” – William Shakespeare

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin

Dave Hebeda graduated from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. While there he learned value skills in business and finance, but perhaps what he learned that was most important was how to manage his time. Learning how to do so at a young age helped him lead a long career that has included stints at Deloitte & Touche, International Jensen/Recoton Audio Corp., Hedstrom Corporation, GVW Holdings, APP Pharmaceutical, Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Akorn, Inc. before joining Vein Clinics of America.

Dave Hebeda and many others throughout history have accomplished many things by prioritizing their tasks and adhering to proper time management, so why not give it a try if you’re starting to feel overwhelmed?

It’s as easy as starting tomorrow by waking up early, prioritizing your to-do list with the most important tasks at the top, minimizing distractions, and knowing your limits. Those are some very basic time management tips that have helped Dave Hebeda and many others but there are countless more that you can also give a try. Don’t let your to-do list get the best of you anymore. Take control of your life by practicing sound time management.