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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:58 PM 10/08/09 (CST)
As ordinary of a open water fisherman I am, I am even less impressive when it comes to the hard water. If I want to Target some pike this winter, how important is using electronics (keeping in mind I don't have a flasher type finder). When it comes to pick is it more about fishing certain areas, at certain times of year, or more about finding scolls of fish and assuming they will be near by? I plan to use one tip up with a dead sucker on a quick strick rig. I want to fish couple holes at a time, so my other whole will probably be worked with some large jigs and spoons. Am I on the right track? Do I absolutly need to find a way to buy a flasher finder?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 02:59 PM 10/08/09 (CST)
Sorry about the spelling.

Pike not Pick
School not scoll
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:25 PM 10/08/09 (CST)
As important as a flasher is to ice fishing, you can still catch fish without one, but you'll need to do some homework.
First, find a good lake map of the water you are going to target, and look for flats or points that jut out into the main basin of the lake. Another good spot to target early season are the openings to shallow bays or arms of the lake. If you have tulibees in your targetted lake system, many times they will spawn in these areas after first ice, and the big pike will follow.
Getting back to flats/points areas, look for the weedline through the hole if you can, and find the edge. This would be a good spot for a tip-up. If you aren't able to see the weeds, use a rod/reel with a clip-on weight to measure depth (my outstretched arms are about 6' across, you get the picture). Try to find areas of deep, sharp drops adjacent to these flat/point areas, and you should have some success with pike moving in throughout the day (and along the weedline) to feed. Try drilling a number of holes along and down the
dropoff and use your jigs/spoons here. Many times just jigging in the vicinity of your tip-up will bring in fish that won't commit to your jig/spoon, but will hit your dead bait.
These are just some things that hopefully will get you started this winter and if you need more info, feel free to ask. Good luck!


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:50 PM 10/08/09 (CST)
This weather is getting me excited!!!

I just started adding another section to the ice house. I'll be nice and cozy in my 12 x 8 this winter.. Not to mention the nice new wood stove that I acquired last week!
grin smiley

The anticipation is killing me.

Good Luck Pike Lover!! Catching them big skis through the ice is awesome exciting!





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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:51 AM 10/09/09 (CST)
I can tell you that a couple of years ago in one of the few times I was up there in the winter, we targeted pike on tip-ups along a weedline much as Slovene described and in 6-7 hours of fishing we landed between 15-20. Nothing enormous, largest was 7 lbs. or so but my 10-year-old stepson was w/us and watching him chase flags was awesome. We had 5 in our group so we spread out the tip-ups (w/in the legal range of our base of course) and it was a lot of fun. No electronics but my friend knew the lake in question fairly well and had hooked a 43" pike in the same area on a tip-up a couple of weeks before we went. We also hooked a couple keeper walleye as an added bonus. So in a long-winded way I second what was posted above.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:46 AM 10/10/09 (CST)
With today's dusting and the below freezing temps, it looks like it won't be long...

I was going to mow the lawn today... oh well wink smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 12:18 PM 10/10/09 (CST)
In my experience pike fishing through the ice is probably the easiest fishing you can do if you don't have a flasher.

Without a flasher its pretty easy to still get yourself into Pikey waters with just a paper map and dropping a line down to check depth. A flasher would make it a little easier and help you pinpoint exact spots but since pike roam around so much you still have a chance at them if you can get into the general area they are hanging out in.

Now if you have the option for a flasher I'd always bring it but I don't have one myself and have done alright. It does help to know the lake you are going to. In the studying a few maps and knowing a little about pike habits will probably do you more good then having a flasher handy.


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