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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:08 AM 03/20/09 (CST)
So, I don't know if anybody here has gotten a sence of pattern in my posts yet, but here is yet another Northern Pike post from the resident "PikeLover". I always here about how the Pike Spawn Early. My understanding is that they will be spawing at ice out. I want to get out on Crooked lake in Coon Rapids (I have a friend that lives on the lake) as early as I can this year. I want to drop my electric troller in and slower cruise the shallows and see if we can spot any gators in the shallows. Not to catch, but just to observe.

A.-Do you think this would work?
B.-Is this frowned upon?
C.-Any suggestions to increase the likely hood of seeing such a thing, like lakes and times.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:06 AM 03/21/09 (CST)
Pikelover, interesting questions, but I don't think it will work because pike don't build nests like bass do, and once they lay their eggs they don't stick around like other fish species do. You would have to catch her in the act, and if you love pike the way that I think you do, you wouldn't want to disturb them. Pike will start spawning even before the ice is out too. So do yourself a favor and don't do it, that is my opinon.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:03 AM 03/21/09 (CST)
I haves spotted muskie in less then a foot of water early in the spring so i am sure its possible to spot some big pike. However I think the odds would be against you.

I am not sure if you would really disturb then to any great extent by trolling past them in a boat. But I'm not sure what you would gain from seeing the fish.

You may be able to get a visual on size of fish that are present but I just don't think you'll see enough to make an accurate estimate of the large fish population in the lake.

I think you'd be better off coming back with the season opens and start throwing spoons and spinners and try to hook up with the post spawn fish as they start leaving the shallows.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:54 AM 03/23/09 (CST)
That is kinda what I thought. Thanks for the input.
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 12:12 AM 03/24/09 (CST)
You would have to be in some very shallow water. Plus gator like the dark bottom areas of a lake.(MUD) I would watch the DNR guys strip pike for eggs when I was younger. Pike would travel up the streams looking for dark bottom areas, moveing water was also a great help.
You have to go out at nite to see the big mama's.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:41 PM 03/24/09 (CST)
How would I find out how and when to observe the DNR doing that?
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