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What's the best northern pike lake in the area?

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I will be in the area a few times this summer and love to fish for the toothy critters. Any advice as to where I might hook a decent fish.

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For a decent fish I'd try Pokegama or Wabana. In Pokeg the bigger gators I think are pretty much smelt related, so that means fishing deep, 30-40' with bigger jigs and shiners is productive. Try to locate a school of smelt on your graph and fish that area. As for a quantity type of lake, pick one as most lakes have plenty of smaller gators to go around.

Brian

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For BIG Pike,try the Mississippi River between the Pokegema Dam and Blandin dam.............there are some real gaters in those waters..........big sucker minnows under a bobber,or on a jig works great.......use heavy gear as there are some HUGE Muskies around there also cool.gif

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the big fork river shouldn't go un-named.

it holds a very healthy populatin of big pike and muskies too.

Anderson lake east of big fork has a bunch of big pike as well, but I'm not sure if access is possible any longer.

don't forget, from Deer River, you are only an hour and twenty minutes from the best big pike fishery in MN, Upper Red lake. hands down the best.

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Jigglestick,

Good to see you on the forums again! If you havent been out to the west of your place, they're doing pretty good!

Brian

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thanks for the advice guys.

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