Got on the lake about noon with a dozen suckers and a scoop of crappie minnows. Four hours later I'd eaten all my food, read the paper, drifted over my usual hotspots and anchored at a couple of different depths - all without getting even a nibble on my minnows.
So I started trolling with my trusty rat-l-trap. In less then 2 minutes I had my first hit, a fat little 3 lber I kept for dinner, and I spent the rest of the day trolling, catching over a dozen pike and missing at least that many, including 2 that "quick released" boatside and a couple more that jumped and threw the hooks. The biggest pike was around 8-10 lbs (I have a hard time gauging weights when they get over 7).
I was fishing North Arm Bay and had most of my action in 13 to 15 feet.
Another trolling tip for people who don't do it much is to keep a small piece of duct tape handy and when you get the first hit, set the hook, look at your depth finder and notice the depth, then stick the duct tape on your reel spool before you begin reeling in the fish. That way after the fight, you can return to the same depth and just let out line until you reach the tape. (I wind the reel handle a couple times just to make sure the tape doesn't come off.
I had several hits today a couple of seconds after I got to tape depth.
People who fish for food, and sport be damned, are called pot-fishermen. The more expert ones are called crack pot-fishermen. All other fishermen are called crackpot fishermen. This is confusing. ~ Ed Zern, 1947