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Me and a buddy are going Pike fishing on Lake Chatcolet in North Idaho on Tuesday. It's about an hour and a half drive from here. A guy I work with gave me a map to a "secret" spot where he caught several 15-20lb fish. Idaho state record is 39 lbs. My dad caught a 44 1/2" long female Pike with a 28" girth and an estimated weight of 42 lbs about a mile from where I'll be fishing. He was used to fishing for Pike in Canada and didn't realize just how big of a fish he had, since the midwestern and Canadian Pike are so much larger than the ones out here.
I've gone fishing for Pike twice before, but was on the water too late in the morning. I was told to start casting at around 6 AM, since that's when the smaller fish are most active and the Pike will be feeding the most.
Any tips on preparing Pike? I've heard that they are very bony.
"Any tips on preparing Pike..."
Ha! Prepare to trade 'em for Walleyes! :)
WalterGA, that was priceless.;f I was just a kid the last time we tried to prepare Pike, we gave up because of all the bones. We soon learned to throw 'em back and keep those delicous walleyes.
Walleye is the best for sure, but those Pike are a blast to catch. Throw 'em back unless you get a real wall hanger and keep the Wallys. I wish I was going with you.
Use a steel leader if you really want to land them, and for God's sake, don't put them in the live well with the other "good" fish!
They're fun to catch, but it's all downhill from there.
The book "the complete freshwater fisherman" has very good directions for removing the Y bones from pike. Properly prepared, pike is great.
I was told that if you get ones in the 18-20 lbs range, you can get some decent fillets out of them. My grandpa and I used to fish for Perch on the same lake and we would get about 20 of them, fillet them, and have grandma roll them in seasoned flour and fry them in butter. That was some good eating! Thought I'd try the same with Pike.
BTW, the Perch are mostly gone in that lake due to the exploding population of Pike:( .
Well, fishing did not go too well. I fished for twelve hours and didn't get a single bite. I fished on Lake Chatcolet, the St. Joe river, Marble Creek, and Boulder Creek. Water levels were way too high and I was told that that caused the fish to not bite.
I don't know, I just know that I was a bit discouraged after getting up at 3:30 AM so I could be on the lake by 6:00, and then not getting a single bite.
The "secret spot" was an inlet in the lake that contained a hidden passage into a large pond that was supposedly filled with monster Pike. Turns out that the state had decided to build a road along the edge of the lake and cut the inlet in half, blocking the pike from getting to the pond and warming the pond so much that all of the fish died. Too bad.
Oh, well, here are some photos of the day:
Here is my small lake fishing outfit:
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Here is the lake we fished on:
<img src="http://image1.villagephotos.com/pubimage.asp?id_=324023" width=400 height=300 >
Here is the "secret spot" with the new road built across:
<img src="http://image1.villagephotos.com/pubimage.asp?id_=324030" width=400 height=300 >
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