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Plan on being on clearwater 4th of july week with a friend. I personally have never been on the lake. Any tips on where and how to get the bigger sized pike in the lake. A few tips on some bass wouldnt hurt either. thanks.

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If you care to put in the time, and don't mind soaking some big sucker minnows, you can find big northerns on the east side of Bungalow Island -- look for the steep drops off the emergent weeds. Also, to the west and a bit south of Maple Hill Resort you'll find an isolated hole (about 75 by 20 yards) of 20-25 feet of water. It holds big pike.

If using big suckers, please use a quick strike rig so you don't gut hook the fish.

Another approach is to use pike Lindy rigs with 6 to 8 inch suckers and slowly move along bottom in 10 to 20 feet using your electric for boat control. You might also find big walleyes this way.

Big pike will hit artificials (obviously), but to target the plus 10s, go with sucker minnows.

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If the bigger pike don't seem to be biting, pick up a lake map and hit any of the sunken islands. Cast yellow or white spinner baits on top of the humps. If that doesn't produce, throw Shad Raps in the Perch or Black/Sliver pattern along the deep edge of the humps. You can catch Pike,Walleyes and 20inch Bass around these humps. Note: Clearwater is full of 10inch stocked Walleyes.Too many people are keeping them, the lake has very little if any natural reproduction of Walleyes. Its important to catch and release. Good Luck

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