Two days ago we had to break through 200 yards of thin ice to get out of the Bay into the main lake to check a neighbor’s cabin. At that point we were ready to hang up the musky fishing for the year…then the weather warmed with wind and rain..the lake opened up again. Today after working around the resort doing some final closing and winter prep … . Marty and I decided to go out for a couple hours of trolling. Water temp was 39 degrees, light rain, little wind and fog. Marty had commented that we will more than likely be the last guys for the year on this end of the lake musky fishing. We trolled for about an hour and seen no signs of baitfish on our usual spots..so we focused on the deepest water just inside Niles Bay…we came out of 30 ft of water up on a deep point in 18 ft of water and one of the rods ripped…for a few moments the rod went limp..I commented that the line had broke..Marty took the rod out of the holder and started bringing in the slack line..then the rod doubled over.(.the fish after getting hooked swam right at us for some distance)…after a nice battle with the fish taking some strong runs we boated it. …55 inches with a 25.5 inch girth. That is Marty’s second 55 inch fish this month and for the resort the fifth musky this season 55 inches or over..can’t imagine what the fishing will be like in a few years with all of these giants swimming around.