BuckeyeTom, the snag-infested areas are sort of what caused me to start making my own baits. I use these v-type spinners with a variety of different blades so that I can change the speed and flash according to water conditions. I build them with a quality ball-bearing snap swivel so I can change blades configurations and colors depending on water conditions, the fishes mood, (or my mood. lol)
The method that seems to work the best for me, is to use a #5 colorado blade and pull the bait sloooowly over the tops of the weeds and the weed edges.
Of course throwing bucktails of any type seems to work much better on some lakes than it does on others. I fish West Branch too and they do not seem to work very well there. I have caught muskies on a homemade bucktail there...a very small inline bucktail with silver body and silver blade. I made the bait, but I'm sure you could buy one like it about anywhere. I'm talking about a bait that you might use for bass or even trout.
I'll put you on my field tester list.
I don't sell the baits, but I do give them away to friends. I have patterns that simply do not produce on my waters, yet others tell me that they have success with them in Canada and elsewhere.
Orange/Black combos for example do not seem to produce for me and guys tell me that's the killer color in certain parts of Canada, so who knows.
Muskies are just picky enough to drive you nuts...and empty you wallet!
It's almost like tobacco....once you get started, you regret it, but you can't seem to quit!