I have a buddy that I work with that when out on a local and small wisconsin lake to attempt to gather some pickleing northern. I think this picture says it all! Its to bad the quality of the picture wasnt better. Look very carefully. No these pike are not trained but rather a bunch of holes drilled almost through and then punch the end with a chisel to make a live well!
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I have done something similar to that before. My uncle and I were fishing for pike about 10 years ago and it was a really warm day so the snow was melting on the top of the lake so there were big pools of water. We each kept our limit of pike so to keep them alive we just threw them into the big pools of water that were probably 6-12 inches deep in some spots between snow banks.
They swam there happily for the day as we fished and at the end of the day we had the fun of catching them all over again to take them home. Actually we just had to break through one of the snow banks that held the water back and it drained the pool enough so we could just scoop them up. But it was funny watching a bunch of pike swiming above the ice.
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