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mace1975

Advice please

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10 year old son wants to go somewhere and fish for pike for a couple of days. Size doesn't matter, just action. Any sugestions. Late August date.

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Perhaps provide a bit more detail. Where are you and how far are you willing to travel? You only looking in the Alex area for this trip? Fishing from boat if so what size or shore? Has your son done much fishing or is this a relatively new thing?

Only reason I ask is there are so many variables that can make or break a fishing outing for a kid. Only takes a couple of bad fishing experiences and kids quickly loose interest in become anglers and I'm sure that anyone who answers your request will want to give you a recommendation that gets your son "hooked".

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Thanks for the reply.

We live in NW Iowa. We made yearly trips to the Osakis area for many, many years. Due to aging parents and summer baseball for my kids our trips were cut off several years back. My 10 year old is a fishing “nut” and a very good fisherman for his age. He is an expert with his open face spinning outfit. We fish for mostly Bass and Walleyes where we live now. He will fish for hours at a time even when fishing is slow and not complain.

He watches all the fishing shows and really loves it when they catch the Northern Pike so he has been bugging me the go on a trip somewhere.

He and I would probably rent a cabin for a few days before school starts in September or late August. So I assume we would have a 16' boat with the cabin and I would rent a small motor. I have a depth finder and everything else needed except a place to go. I probably wouldn’t want to go to much further north than the Alexandria area.

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mace Big Sauk lake is an good pike water to fish... all sizes there but most will run 3-5 lbs.. if you want more info lemme know and i can hook ya up as i used to have a cabin there..

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East Battle Lake has millions upon millions of hammerhandles!!!!! If you don't keep them, bash their heads!!!

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What about Lake Darling?

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I always have had luck on the north end of carlos. I can't remember the last time I got skunked there. Some days we would catch about 9 or 10 in an afternoon. The biggest one I've ever had on was up there. He broke the line about 20' from the boat.

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I would suggest Ball Club lake just east of Lake winnibigosh. Gus resort can set you up! I have tented there a few times. tons of northerns with good average size. Plus it is and easy lake to fish. good luck

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mace1975 your son sounds like my son's long lost younger brother. Except for the two year age difference its like a carbon copy. Mine even has made his career choice (for now) to be the host of his own fishing show....either that or a career in the NHL. Perhaps the NHL, then the fishing show after his playing days. He kills me smile.gif .

Osakis itself has a nice population of pike too. We usually catch a couple even when walleye fishing out on the humps and bars. I'm sure if you target them in their more traditional hangouts you could catch several and have heard that too. The largest we've caught this year was 28" - 4.5lbs, but there are bigger ones down there. Perhaps for sheer numbers the other lakes the guys suggested would give you better chance of success though. If you opt for Osakis itself, let me know. My son doesn't meet too many other kids that are as passionate about fishing as he is. I'd be happy to hook up with you if we are at the Cabin when you come up.

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Mace,

About 5 minutes from Osakis is a little 350 acre lake called Maple (not the one in Alex). My family has had a cabin there for about 30 years now. Any how the DNR recently started a campaign to "catch and kill" any northerns under 25" (if I remember the size correctly). The past couple of years they have gotten out of control! We get many, many from 3-8# by trolling along the deep weed edge. I've never seen anything over about 12-13#, but lots of action any how.

Only problem is there aren't any resorts, so no boat rentals. If by chance you can rent one off a neighbor lake I'd suggest a day trip.

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TB,

That lake is a hidden gem IMO. I've seen some nice fish come out of that lake!If you like bass fishing its a good one to try.

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Is this lake 4 miles East of Lake Osakis?

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Yes. My cabin is under construction so I can't guarantee I'll be around, but feel free to look me up when you have something set up. If at all possible I'd be happy to take you and your son out for a day.

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Big thanks to all who responded. You all have been great help.

Thanks

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Big Swan just northeast of Big Sauk is a great big pike lake, they have had trophy pike rules in effect for a few years now, one of the 1st expirmental pike regulation lakes i think. There is a good population of 30 inch plus fish in there.

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I've had a place on eastbattle for many years. It does have some good bass fishing but their are some other lake that are much much better.

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