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I will be up around Squaw Lake this weekend and part of next week. I have been on a mission for years to catch a pike in the 18 - 20 lb. class. Obviously, some lakes have a better reputation for producing these than others. Can anyone give me some advice on what lakes to try for a big pike. I have fished the 3rd river, Dixon, Winnie and Middle Pigeon. All of the pike I have caught have been on the smaller side. We caught quite a few on Round and a couple of them were 'decent', but no real 'hogs'.

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Hey FishinBrian86- I do all my pike fishing on the ice so I don't have much info but if your already up at squaw I'd just keep driving another hour and fish UpperRed for gators-they are in there and you might be able to find some more info on the URL forum. Good Luck,tightlines and please practice CPR!
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FishinBrian86:

You're sure picking a tough time to get a big northern. Most of the real trophies are down deep at this time of year, depending on the lake, obviously. Pick a lake that has a cisco population and troll big baits down in the 25-35 foot mark and you just might get lucky.

Some of the trout lakes (Trout, Caribou, Larson, etc.) have big fish. I've got some hand-painted musky baits that look like rainbows just for this purpose.

Otherwise, pick a lake that has a reputation for big pike and soak a big minnow under a bobber. Try the Third River area on Big Winnie, Swan Lake, Trout Lake, Pokegama, etc.

Still better off to try around Labor Day.

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fb86, i would have to second redhooks notion of running up to the big red. they bit pretty good from what i understand last weekend. real solid chance for fish between 12 - 20 lbs. troll very flashy baits tipped with a sucker or large shiner. tough line and proper drag set should get you in the best odds of sucess. good luck where ever you choose to go.

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Thanks to everyone that responded! I think I will take the run up to URL and give that a shot. It is always nice to at least have the chance at a big one!!

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