I tried a few times during that 30 below weather. Saw nothing but thousands of wolf tracks. That night while we sat on the hunting shack deck having a cigar a pack of coyotes we're yipping out by our trucks 400 yds away. They were probably tipped off by our generator though and couldn't get them to come in. I did see 2 moose 30yds in front of me going into one calling spot. That was cool.
I can’t say Big Marine is a big fish factory but it should have nice clarity. The main lakes of Minnetonka are pretty cool to play on. Yeah, Minnetonka is a muskie lake but there are a lot of nice pike swimming out there.
I’ve saved dead/dying suckers before. Pull them as soon as you can and freeze em. I’ve sprinkled them with salt before bagging and freezing. Fish them on the bottom.
There was a time I targeted big pike with big minnows and would actually kill a minnow before sinking it to the bottom with one of my lines.
As with everything, it’ll work better some places at some times, not as much as a live minnow other times. Later season when pike cruise just below the ice scooping up the dead loss of the winter, suspending your dead sucker a foot below the ice can be your big fish ticket.