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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 11:55 AM 04/16/08 (CST)
During the Esocidae Workshops and round tables the past 2 years I had the idea of converting some of the designated Muskie lakes into trophy pike managed waters.

MN has very few good pike lakes and as one DNR biologist said "He would challenge anyone to find a Pike lake that is better today than it was 50 years ago."

My thought was that the special regs involved 24-36, 24-40 and 24 + C&R only would only effect anglers and not the Darkhouse guys due to the fact they cannot spear on these 26 lakes as it is anyway.

I was talking to a DNR officail the other day and the subject of Designated Muskie/Trophy Pike scenario came up, he said not all designated lakes have trophy pike or potential, so I started looking into the creel surveys for some possible candidates.

So far I'm through 13 of the 26 looking for low density above average weight and 6 lakes met and exceeded this criteria, so far Baby, Bald Eagle, Cass, Deer(Average pike was 27.4 inches), Lobster(3/4 of the fish exceeded 21 inches), and Mille Lacs(Special Reg exists 24-36).

4 Lakes that are a fraction away are Beers,Cross(quality Pike), Eagle(High numbers of bigger fish are present and fast growing), and Forest.

So 10 of the 13 thus far are plausible, do any of you guys have any personal experience on any of these lakes with Pike?, whats your thoughts on the idea and possible implementation.

I'll work on the next 13 asap



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:52 AM 04/18/08 (CST)
Hey JCU,

This is an interesting thought. I fish Bald Eagle all the time and I have never caught a pike on the lake. I have seen and heard of some pretty big muskie caught out of there, though. Most who fish that lake are going for the crappies in which there is a fairly good population. Me and my boy were fishing out there last year and we watched a huge muskie that was rolling around on the top of the water. Of course, we tried throwing our bait at it but that muskie would have none of that.

Have you explored any of the lakes up north? Island Lake up by Duluth had a great pike population with some huge ones being caught once in a while. I used to go pike fishing up there all the time. Of course that was quite a while ago.

Northern fishing can be a blast, especially when you hook into a monster. Unfortunately, most of the fishermen today seem to look down on the northern (or so it seems) as a rough fish that just gets in the way of fishing for walleye or crappies. Too bad because it really is a great sport fish.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:41 AM 04/18/08 (CST)
Cass, Mille Lacs, Cross and Deer have all produced very nice northerns for me. A big (over 34 inch) northern is a rare find on many Minnesota lakes these days but are very fun to catch. I think most anglers don't get the chance to catch them because they put their boats away too early in the season. The best big northern fishing is in the fall when the water starts to cool. Mille Lacs and Cass can be good starting in mid-August. Could a split season regulation work? For intance from the walleye opener to mid-August have a regulation letting people keep the smaller northerns. From mid-August to 1st of December have a tighter regulation protecting the bigger fish when they move shallow. Seems complicated but it's done with walleye and smallmouth on some lakes right now and it works well.
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