^^^^ Dave, I understand the price you pay for topwater. 2 in 5 get away. It's the same with smallies, however, I love top water and next to jigs in cold water it's my favorite way to catch fish and I am willing to pay the price. It has been my experience that if I can get one swirl, if I keep at it I will come up with "large". They are a most perplexing fish.
There are topwaters that are better hooking baits than others. Stay away from "walk the dog" presentations as they will cause a lot of fish to miss. Usually when they miss they don't come back. Get yourself a Whopper Plopper and fish it slower than you would think for muskies. It's a better hooking bait.
If there is a lot of fishing pressure in that area, even if it's not for muskies, and the fish are seeing lots of lures....topwater will not be your best bet for BIG fish.
Just my .02