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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:46 PM 01/18/10 (CST)
So I have been out a handfull of time this year. My last couple midwinter trips have been slow for pike. I have to say though I had a nice catch on Ann Lake near Zim-town. I pulled in a 30 incher in 13 feet of water. I saw it on my flasher (just bought a humminbird ice-35)and dropped in a spoon. I watched it hit on my flasher. It was really awsome. Anyhow, I have been reading about how pike move to deeper water in mid-winter. Primarily for two reasons. First to escape low oxygen levels, and second, to follow forage species. When I look at a DNR map I notice that it usually has the max weed depth. For examply Ann Lake is like 17 feet for max weed depth. Since decaying weeds take up oxygen it seems reasonable to assume, a good spot might be just at the edge of where weeds begin to grow. It would also seem to be a good idea to try to find a few of these other factors (remember this is for late ice).

1-Near a steep drop off (preferably one with bends and turns wich provide ambush cover for pike).
2-Nearby stream inlets that bring fresh oxygen.
3-Deep underwater Structur like Rock piles (this one is always tough to find, especially without GPS Lake Chips).
4-Realationship to the "deepest pool" of the lake (try to be close to it).
5-Realationship to areas considered to be spawning ground like streams and weedy bays (try to be close to them but also in deep water). I understand females will begin to set-up near these areas at this time.

So what do we think of these guidlines? Does anybody have anything to add? Keep in mind, I am thinking out-loud and have not have a chance to test all of this. Ihave a hard time imagining putting a tip up in 20 feet plus water for pike, but is that what I should be considering? Or would I be best off keeping them shollow and jigging witha flasher out deep. AHHHHHH SO MUCH TO CONSIDER!
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:57 PM 01/18/10 (CST)
Sorry I did not mean to say late ice, I meant to say mid-winter ice.
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 10:39 PM 01/18/10 (CST)
I just read some info from a google book about pike. It seems to confirm fishing the deep outside weed edge in mid-winter. It makes itself clear in that it will increase your chances of a big fish, but probably will not be fast action, which is to be expected. It suggested that the deep weed egde is almost like a trail that the pike follow along. I am still unlcear what the recommended means for fishing these deep waters are. I guess I would probably try setting a tip up just off the bottom and jig nearby to hopefully draw them in for closer inspection.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:10 AM 01/19/10 (CST)
Excellent post Pike Lover! I would also like to add that in mid-winter, pike tend to feed in the upper column when the sun is out. But keep in mind, in mid-winter pike fishing can get tougher. They usually move out of the bays, however, some bays will hold fish all winter if the water is deep enough. Most pike are positioned off of deep points and drop-offs in the mid-winter. As the weather warms up and the ice starts to thin, pike will move back into the shallow, weedy bays and they will feed heavily until ice-out. I got a spot on a rockpile where I can catch some nice pike off the edge, usually in 17 to 20 fow. Those fish will stay there until the ice thins and then I will move to the edge of the weeds off the shoreline. Of course, early ice in 4 feet in the weed has always been the best for me.




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Pike Lover
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:43 AM 01/19/10 (CST)
I went to Eagle in maple grove yesterday to hunt for the pike, and got skunked, I saw and older guy walking on the ice with his dog, and thought I would hit the wise old sage up for some info. His advice was "You will find the fish were they are".
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:31 PM 01/20/10 (CST)
Haha what a smart ass. I haven't had great luck this year either. The only time I've had luck is in like 7 fow and weedy and we weren't catching them on tip-ups, it was tiny jigs and euro's on our UL's. It was so clear and we were in a dark shack we could see a bunch swimming around too, that gets your heart racing! The biggest we caught was 35 1/2 in and 10 pounds. Nice fish on a UL.





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