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Brandon Klatt

So I don't usually fish for pike often with tip ups and I'm just wondering if dead suckers work well? All of mine died literally after 1 day and it seems a shame just to toss them away, especially when they cost $6.50/dozen

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monstermoose78

They work

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Wanderer

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.

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AlwaysFishing23

I’ve had the same issue with keeping them alive. Dead bait works way way better than live bait anyway. Defiently going to give that a try wanderer!

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Cliff Wagenbach

They work. And as stated, sometimes better then live suckers!

Cliff

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Brandon Klatt

Thanks for the replies guys. Usually target panfish and eyes so actually going for pike is kinda a whole new world to me. lol

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PRO-V

I always did best with frozen Cisco's suspended on a quick strike rig.

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Wanderer
1 hour ago, PRO-V said:

I always did best with frozen Cisco's suspended on a quick strike rig.

I prefer ciscoes too.  I just don’t always have access to them.  They leave a better scent trail.  That’s part of the reason for a little kick of salt on the frozen suckers.  Anise could help too.

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PRO-V

Gulp spray seems to help also.

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    • Wanderer
      Welcome to the site @eg_gophers2124 I have never even seen the lake but these screen shots might help. Navionics Judging by the Lake Finder report, it’s a super clear lake; 17-20 foot clarity but with plenty of weeds. A couple shots of the weed report. Starting from scratch, I would head to the southwest area.  The southern basin has better looking structure too. You might do well simply working edges of the emergent weeds with spinnerbaits in low light and weedless frogs or spoons up in the weeds when it gets to be mid day.  Crawler under a slip bobber on the weed edges could do well also. It’s purely guessing on my part.  Hopefully someone with experience on the lake will chime in. Good luck!
    • Mike89
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    • Rick
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    • ifishwalleye
      Thank you Vermilliongold. This took care of the problem. 
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      I like them when it's dead calm they seem to work great then. When it gets a little ripple on top not as effective but still learning with them. Thanks for the report jigginjim
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      class of 70 here, and the park across the river  is Land of Memories if I remember correctly...