Few and far between would be accurate. The days of sticking hooks in the lips of unsuspecting slimers every 2nd or 3rd cast are over. There are still a few to be had, I personally put my eyes on a 40+ inch 20+lbs about a week ago and a handful about half of that. You might agree that in years past we could confidently say a average pike session would produce 5-15 of the toothy critters. Iíll give you a up to date pretty accurate guesstimate of the population in pike bay. I run 175k lumens of light every night on the shorelines of the cove. From the south shore begging of the mouth then around to the north shore of the mouth of the cove you will find a few slimers. In total I see 10-12 around a slow propelled loop of the bay. Do some slip away undetected? Do my eyes managed to miss a few? Of course. I guarantee you however a slow troll a few years ago would have shown quadruple those numbers. I came across 2 gill-nets, one a couple weeks ago that proved to be a massive blow to the northern population. It was a successful net to say the least. I donít agree or disagree with what the CPW is doing as they are the experts and not me. I support them either way they choose to go. I wont argue about that. There are Positives to both sides. If the eradication of the northern pike is something your support, I can assure you the method of doing so is proving effective. If you are the kind of guy that likes to get out and throw the big baits like myself, then find comfort in knowing that there are still some holes on the North Shore that will produce some photo worthy northerns, and plenty of handles that can still make it worth it to spend the morning out there chasing them!...fish on. Thanks, Brady, Steamboat Fishing Adventures, Routt County Hooksetters.
Yes I have to agree that the Pike fishing here has slowed way down from just 2 years ago and those big ones are rare now. There are so few Pike fishing places in Colorado that it is ad that we can't keep a few of them in the state. The argument of that Pike are predating all of the native fish is a joke as the rainbows are not native to the waters in Stagecoach and the trout in there are super healthy. Just my 2 cents..
Reply by: jig head Posted: 7/19/2018 3:50:22 PM Points: 766
SteamboatFishingAdventures- when you say "slimers" are you talking about trout or pike? I call trout slimers, but I think you are talking pike. I'll be up mid August for some camping and pike fishing. I agree that there are WAY fewer pike in there than a few years ago. I may stop going there, not worth the 4.5hr drive for slow pike fishing
Reply by: Artsy Posted: 7/20/2018 10:20:54 AM Points: 315
Amen to that Jig Head.
I love Pike fishing and I have been disgusted by the eradication of the Pike since it started. I still don't quite understand the hate by the DOW and the BS rationale to get rid of them especially when you can catch Trout anywhere in the state!!
Anyways, I'm going to keep chasing the Northern, because I love to catch them. I used to always take a couple home to eat, every-time I went. Well, I haven't tasted a Pike in about 3 years because I don't want to contribute to the kill....And that's sad.
I planned a trip to Vallecito next week, which is a reservoir were the pike are still appreciated, and it was cancelled due to low water levels. (That SUCKS)
But have faith, there are still a couple of reservoirs that value the Pike. Vallecito, Williams Fork and Navajo still consider them worthy. And although those lakes are VERY far away, I'm here to tell you that's it well worth the drive.
I have been saying that about the Pike in Colorado for years, you can literally drive anywhere in Colorado and catch Trout, Pike not so much. Also the lakes with Pike have monster Trout also. Look at Eleven Mile, Spinney and Stagecoach. All 3 have Pike and monster Trout, I have caught 5lbs.+ Trout at all 3 while fishing for Pike, now all you can hardly catch at Stagecoach is Trout. Although I have heard that the Walleye fishing has gotten better there, so there is that I suppose.
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: 10/4/2018 7:22:31 AM Points: 5235
Thanks RPG, good information about an invasive species, I hope they are successful. One cannot imagine the damage pike could do if they got into the salmon rivers and established themselves there, it would probably be the end of salmon fishing both recreational and commercial.