Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
chris63

Got Northern?

23 posts in this topic

Heading up one week from tomorrow,..getting antsy!!!!!!!!!any suggestions on depth/baits for BIG pike?We'll be bringing the norm,frozen ciscos and live suckers.Can't wait!c63

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

we had good luck in 10 to 14ft using 6 inch suckers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Where you right on bottom,just under the ice or both?c

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

both we did better on the bottom.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A operator told us one year that the big pike have learned to sit under the rental houses (even in 30 fow+)and wait for stunted fish to come threw the holes and they chomp 'em up!What do you guys think?c63

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i have caught maybe 3 pike out in deep water.nothin big tho.i fish them in the shallows during early ice and late ice when i have my sleeper down there.other than that i dont fish for pike all season.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanx for the info.....we'll give a detailed report after the trip next weekend!thanx again!cyac63ARE WE THERE YET?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had a nice 7-8 pound northern on the line while fishing out in 28 FOW. I was kind of surprised to see him out that deep.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey chris, try marinading some of those ciscos in Dr. juice northern scent, and see if ya notice a difference between with or with out. Ive done it an had great success with the marinade. Boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hhhhmmmmmmmmmm?interesting,dr.juice eh?I was thinking maybe some serenading with guitar music (blues)may just be the ticket to get the big dogs biting.........c63

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well.... ok. Thats a funny vision, thank you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Even if they don't bite it sure is a good past time anyway!c63

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Where are you going out of?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Good morning....going out of Warroad,not sure where his houses are set up at...........sounds like there is a big crack off south tip,have to wait and see.c63

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What type of setup do you guys usually use for pike?? Hook size, tip-up, bait??

I'm headed up to LOTW in a couple weeks and wanted to give this a try. Thanks for any info

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I make my own tipup leaders.I use smaller hooks(6)and trebles.(Make sure you put a spinner above your trebles to be legal.)If you want to go lighter use fluorocarbon leader to keep from the pike biting you off.This is especially handy if there are Walters in the neighborhood.(Like on LOW)Hope this helps some.When are you going?c63

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Oh yea one more thing about "going lighter"on LOW I have had a fish(probably a Northern)break off a 40 Pound steel leader before so if using lighter stuff be very gentle and be ready for the "power surge!"c63

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I make my own quick strikes too but go kinda heavy on the trebs. with a #4 blood red eagle claw an just use a bead which is leagle also. I like saving any tullibee to cut up in long strips an of course my fav. is marinaded ciscos with a hint AC/DC mixed in. I use 40lb or better on steel leaders an dacron, I like having my leaders a bit long so when ya get a biggie under the hole an it starts to twist an roll the steel can absorbe the ice better than mono or the dacron an with heavier hardware I like to closer than most to my tip ups, usually under fifty yards away from my base camp in either direction from 2 feet under the ice to 6-8f eet under ice. I did jig up a 38" out of zipple one year with a airplane jig an creek chub combo, that was alot of fun. My biggest is a 42 1/4 incher out of 2' under ice I ususally dont go that shallow till late march an april. I like to spray paint 3' of a 1x2 black for a marker to quickly pick out the tip up from a distance visual reference point. It helps alot when scanning your tip ups. One day I'd like to try slammers, kind of a down rigger for tip ups you use with a shrt rod an reel, when a pike picks up the bait it releases the rod an a piece of wood slams down alerting you to fish, an then you just pick up the rod an fight the fish. I havent piked for a couple of years dont know if I will this year, hard to get away from the eyes'. Boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I mean 0 or 2's for the trbles I forget which way the number goes. Boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was there this weekend fishing with Ballards (cant say enough about the guides!) I caught a 41" Pike! what a blast! 25 fow about 5' off the bottom. I will post a pic soon! I let her go and afterwards wish I would have kept her for the wall in in the cabin but the adrenaline had me going and I slide her right back and never thought about keepin her until she was gone....Is that how it usually goes. Pic soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2289007535_2c8485806b_m.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yea I kick myself for putting back my biggie but she's still swimmin, got pictures, so put a nice blow if that one an put it on the wall. Thats great pic. nice job. Boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

{blow up of that one} boar

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • White-tips
      Thank you very much Outy22! 
    • TNtoMN_HuntFish
      In no way am I trying to fire up a catch and release vs catch and grease fight.  Admins, please delete any comments like that. I am curious about everyone's thoughts and knowledge on mercury in fish.    It seems Walleye are always the riskiest fish to eat via DNR and MDH surveys but I know the fishing for eyes is such a tradition up here. A lot of walleye are eaten in Minnesota every year as well as Pike and Bass which also can be high in mercury because they are high on the food chain. Does anyone worry about it or is this something that is overhyped? I'm a bit careful where I fish because my wife is pregant and I don't want her eating too much mercury. I'm still kinda new to the state so I trust the knowledge of locals more so than DNR in a lot of situations.    For example, in TN (where I moved from) our DNR says do not eat ANY fish from the Mississippi river. I'd say it's pretty nasty by the time it gets that far south but there are river rats as far down as Louisiana eating catfish and bass all year long and you don't hear of them dying from mercury poisoning or having other effects of it. At least not thay I've heard or read.    I'm very curious to know your opinions on the matter. I don't catch many walleye anyway but I do love eating Pike and other fish. It's so satisfying to work hard for a fresh meal but do I have to continue to be super cautious of what lakes I eat a Pike from? Seems like the closer to the metro, the more dangerous it can be...or is it? Some of the huge lakes up North are full of mercury too. 
    • Mossy19
      Well it end up being 2 broken live well pumps being broken.  The pumps would pump water into the live wells but also be spraying water into the back compartment of the boat.  That's where my water was coming from.  I would like to thank those that replied suggestions back.
    • HugeHogChaser
    • BringAnExtension
    • h8go4s
      This one? http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lakefind/lake.html?id=31065300   Everything you need to know, paid for by your tax dollars.
    • Juan Grande
      What's the flow like on the Rum, Moose?
    • Avid Angler
      Hi guys and gals,   Does anyone know much about this lake? I don't fish this area of the state. We are looking to stay at Cedar Point Resort for a week. Just want to get to know the lake for what it is.   Is it a bass, northern, pan fish or walleye lake? Or all of the above? The surveys don't look that impressive.   Any good guides in the area?   Thanks.   Avid
    • portageguy
      The bite is on in Trout lake. Remote lake walleye fishing has been good. A leech or crawler has  been producing nice fish. This last week Trout lake has been good for lake trout, walleye and bass. A camper had caught and released a 44 inch pike. Bass fishermen reported 100 fish days.   The Y-store is looking into taking on BWCA permits. Please encourage and support them to do so. 
    • delcecchi
      On many lakes it is possible to rent a boat for a reasonable price.  Or to hire a guide who knows the area and the lakes.