Pike on the ice

Went out again yesterday looking for pike. Started inside the bay near the point at about 13 ft. Managed one smaller male right away but then nothing so we moved to the mouth of the bay in about the same depth of water and we’re immediately rewarded. Hooked up and missed a few, Rooke had a nice one on that we lost at the bottom of the hole.
Then I managed this dandy of a fish. 15 lbs 38 inches on a pink and white spoon tipped with a whole minnow.
The bite was really good right at sunset.  Weather was blue skies and mid 30s it was unusually warm.

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Catching pike

Well no where is biting good, but I’ve found pike in lewis and clark bay.  The bay is at 14 ft of water and the pike seem to be cruising through.  Marked alot of fish and was able to call them in with a thumping rap and caught one on it. Otherwise today smelt was king with all of our hits and fish coming on smelt, except one.  Water was cold, 10-15, with snow in the morning and clearing in the afternoon.  Bite was mostly at evening, coming after 4 and sunset at 6.

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Midwinter update

Have been out fishing the last two weekends with little to moderate success. General description of weather, it has been really warm with temp in the 30s.  Still lots of snow on all the lakes though.
  Lewis and clark has been basically dead for walleyes but I have been able to pick up pike right at sunset at the opening of the bay in 14 feet of water. 3 weeks ago I caught a monster 42 in 19 lb fish!

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Otherwise trenton has been slow, a few fish here and there with the best bite in the morning.  Went out today to the point at the bend and fished that shelf picking up 5 total but bite was basically dead by noon. 
Kota ray was crazy with people. There were perch biting on wax worms and minnows but no size and too many people.
Also caught this guy at lunds in 14 feet. Lake whitefish, my first, kinda cool. 

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Leader material tests.

So I’ve decided to try using a different leader material other than wire leaders.  Pike are known for cutting standard mono with their teeth and hit alot of the same baits I walleye fish with.  However the walleye can be gear skiddish and I may be missing some bites due to the wire leader.  Instead I am trying out fluorocarbon and heavy lb test mono. 

It works, the leader can handle big pike no problem and seems to out produce traditional wire leader in catch rate.

Walleye fire

Fishing has been crazy good for walleyes, went out Wednesday and Saturday and got limits of average 18 in fish.  Water temp is 63 and we were fishing in 10 ft of water with slow lindy rigged worms.  Weather had been varied with some warmth, rain, and wind. 

Lake has cleared enough!

I have been out to Lunds landing a few times in the past week and have managed to do well on walleye, pike, and white bass.  The water has finally cleared a bit and the fish are biting.  Lindys have been doing well in red, copper, and sometimes green in 9-14 ft of water.  Really need to move and target active fish on dropoffs.  Pike have been hitting raps and sometimes the spinners too.  Here is a few links to the videos of the trips!

Catfishing

Went to try catfishing on the river today.  It’s near the end of July which apparently is catfish spawn here. River temp is right at 65-70 degrees and the only fish I could catch was bullhead. I assume they are holed up in their nests, it will be another few weeks before they are biting again.

Fishing for bass

Went out to Kota-Ray for some post spawn bass. As expected they were hanging under the cattail shelf that surrounds that lake.  Did well using a Texas rig firetiger colored soft plastic crawfish.  Also tried to catch some perch.  Marked a bunch over the main lake flats but all I could catch were less than 6 inches.  They may be eating mayfly hatches since they seem to be avoiding structure.  Next time I will have to try minnows for the bigger ones.  Have a minnow colored gulp bait a try, got a few hits but wasn’t able to hook one.  I was using a surf style rig with the weight on the bottom and 2 hooks off the main line.  Water temp was upper 60s but not crazy warm. 

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McLeod

Took the yak out to ray to fish McLeod for a first.  Lake is real shallow north of the bridge but the south side is like one big pit that maxes out near 30.  Water was warm at 70.  Caught about a dozen 2 foot or less pike using a jig head and gulp minnow bait.  Was looking for perch and walleye and marked a bunch at 9-10 feet right at the edge of the weeds. Only managed one bitter though on a slip bobber and worm but it was a huge perch.  13 inches long, if I could get a mess of them that would be great.  It was bright and sunny and very calm, may have better luck on a cloudy day. 

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Hunting the perch.

Took the yak out for the first time this year to Kota-Ray.  Was targeting yellow perch but only brought worms.  Managed to find some at about 10 to 15 foot of water on the main lake point but couldn’t seem to catch any of any size.  Trout were all over the surface but none caught. I also didn’t get any bass but didn’t really try.  Weather was warm, in the 70s and sunny.