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Lake: Elkhead Reservoir
Fish: Northern Pike

Pike slow, crappie action hot

Post By: SGM      Posted: 8/6/2018 8:06:38 AM     Points: 20559    
My wife and I got up to Elkhead for the first time this year with a buddy and his wife. Neither of them ever caught a pike so the game plan was to get them their first pike and clear that off the bucket list. I am happy to report that we accomplished our goal. They did not get any monsters but they each got a few in the low to mid 20's range. Overall pike fishing was slow so we decided to chase the crappies too. The crappie bite was hot as we caught well over 150 fish between all of us. lots of 7 to 10 inch fish but plenty in the 9 to 11 inch range to bring home a limit each of tasty filets. Small 2 inch twister tail grubs did the job in just about any color we threw. I guess luck was on my side as I ended up with the largest pike of the trip at 34 inches and the largest crappie at 12.5. We tried for bass but could not get any to hit not even the usual 6-8 inch little guys. Was great to get out with our friends and my son who lives in Craig met us in his boat too.
 Reply by: wickedfisha      Posted: 8/6/2018 8:10:40 AM     Points: 1486
This looks like so much fun. Iíve got to get up there and do some crappie fishing.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 8/6/2018 8:13:21 AM     Points: 20559
The best pike of the trip.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 8/6/2018 8:15:04 AM     Points: 20559
Wicked, lots of fun. Some big crappies in the lake if you can get thru the smaller ones. Plan to loose some jigs to both trees/bushes and pike bite offs.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 8/6/2018 8:17:52 AM     Points: 1555
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 8/6/2018 6:14:32 PM     Points: 44518
It looks nice and cool there too! Another awesome trip Russ, well done! Very nice crappie.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 8/6/2018 6:19:33 PM     Points: 69361
since when did crappie get skinny and have teeth?
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 8/6/2018 6:24:46 PM     Points: 280
Nice Pike! Sounds like good times with friends! I havenít done any Pike Fishing yet this year.Plan on doing some Sept-Nov!
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 8/6/2018 7:04:15 PM     Points: 424
Another great Elkhead trip! Looking forward to getting there next year with the crew! The crappie alone would make the trip. Pike n bass are the bonus. What the difference was imo was nearly 800 pike taken out in the so-called tourney aka trophy fish slaughter.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 8/6/2018 7:47:07 PM     Points: 20559
Thanks guys.

AWB, what you never heard of the pike crappie? It is a sub- spices like the white and black.

Bharper, Sept thru Nov can be good as they strap on the feed bag for winter.

Diggins, don't get me started. Pike fishing and SMB fishing has gone to CRAP since the so called tourneys and possible/probable other actions by CPW. As for the crappies it will be great to get you and the Mrs. out and into a pile of good eating.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 8/6/2018 9:11:41 PM     Points: 69361
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 8/7/2018 12:12:34 PM     Points: 719
Good times and good eats right there!

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