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Depends.......How is that for a good answer!

If you are fishing for pike, you want your bait way off the bottom, With pikes eyes postioned on the top of there head they can look up very easily, but not down. I have heard of guys fishing there baits right under the ice, in fact we have had a few vexilar transducers that have been hit by marauding pike or muskies. As for depths, if you can get on a flat in 4-8 feet of water that is a good depth that should keep you busy chasing flags! Although, for big bruiser pike look for them suspended over deep water along with the majority of the panfish.

For walleyes, I have seen the best depths right around a foot off the bottom. Look for shallow flat areas with adjacent deep water, finding the right depth is key, if there is a few of you set tip ups up and down the break until you find what depths they are hitting than target your tip ups in that depth range.

Hopefully some of this helps! Nothing is more exciting than racing to that flag and seeing the spindle spinning like a rotor on a helicopter!!

Cory Frantzick

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Its really going to depend on lake to lake. The clearer the water the deeper you can get away with fishing for pike. As Cory says, usally you fish quite a ways off the bottom. In our lakes around here I will try to find a weed edge and put a flag there. In our lakes in the east here that can be any where from 5-10 feet...

I was just fishing Devils lake ND.. and we had quite a few flags in 3 feet... and that was with about 16 inches of ice.... So, it really is relitive to the lake.

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I also agree with Deitz. Water clarity is a big part. I fish Pokegama in Pine alot. I have caught big northerns in 20 feet of water fishing only 10 feet down on the other hand out by the island there I focus on 6-10 fow and have alot of luck fishing only 2-6 feet down. Its just a simple system of guess and check. Scatter your depths of water and the depth of your bait and just see where you get the best action. Good Luck

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well my grandpa taught me years ago to go half the depth your in 10 feet deep go 5 feet, 20 feet go 10 feet, its always worked for me.

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