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Fish: Northern Pike

Fishing Buddies, Pike and Elk

Post By: SGM      Posted: 2/19/2019 9:46:40 AM     Points: 14220    
Spent the past weekend with my son and Diggins (Jerry) on the western Slope fishing perch, crappies and pike. Perch where very cooperative however their size left a bit to be desired. Most ran 3-6 inches but we managed enough 7-9 inchers for a meal or two. Crappies where not as cooperative but we managed about a dozen. The size was good with most in the 10-12 inch range. Pike fishing with tip ups was good, however our hook up to landing ratio was pretty poor. In 2 1/2 days we had 15 flags, landed 3 fish at 21, 31 and 40.5 inches, lost 2 that the hook pulled out, had 5 break/bite offs while fighting the fish and 5 that took the bait but then dropped it or we missed the hook set for what ever reason "guess smaller fish". Crappies and perch where caught on the typical jigs and tear drops. White, orange, green where the best colors all tipped with a waxie. 30-35 FOW was best for us and fish where on the bottom to 10 feet up. Electronics helped to see those suspended fish. Pike fishing was straight up hook with dead perch. Ice is 15 inches with a 2 inch crust on top but no slush. Weather was nice, fishing was good and saw lots of elk and deer. In fact saw one cow elk a little to close for comfort but a near miss with the truck is still a miss so other than a little pucker factor everything is good. What can I say, a few days with my son and friend fishing makes for a great Presidents Day weekend.

Yes she was CPR, don't worry about the blood on her tail, it is mine. Side note to Jerry, thanks for the assist on landing her. You know you got a good fishing buddy when he sticks his hand down a hole to help pull out 40 inches of teeth and gets cut by a tooth in the process. Battle scars always make for a good story down the line.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 2/19/2019 10:22:12 AM     Points: 697    
Beauty of a fish sir!

I will be on Blue Saturday if you are around...
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 2/19/2019 11:41:13 AM     Points: 38196    
Very nice pike! Sounds like a great time and a nice mixed bag.
 Reply by: Salmon Slayer      Posted: 2/19/2019 1:21:46 PM     Points: 1558    
Bloody good job sir!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 2/19/2019 1:53:59 PM     Points: 253    
Sweet Pike! Congrats!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 2/19/2019 2:13:20 PM     Points: 2349    
Good job, and really nice C & R pike.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 2/19/2019 3:01:06 PM     Points: 14220    
Thanks all, it was my PB pike thru the ice. Had not fished tip ups in years, now I am hooked again.
 Reply by: CoachK      Posted: 2/19/2019 3:08:50 PM     Points: 140    
Diggin is sure one of the best people to have with you when fishing no doubt.
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 2/19/2019 6:51:01 PM     Points: 313    
Note to self: Get the dam gloves next pike flag! Dang nice weekend from the big old meal at Winchester’s, tons of perch and some nice crappie and a near cow elk hood ornament that tested the reflexes. Don’t worry about the battle scar, made good office talk today except I claimed that blood on the tail as mine!! I have a feeling we may be doing that trip in ‘20’. ‘Cept I call dibs on that tip-up spot! A few pics of some keeper taco meat.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 2/19/2019 7:08:33 PM     Points: 14220    
2020 for sure maybe even 2 trips. As for the spot, you might need to fight Kevin for that. Never know about water next year but we have a good starting point. Hope next trip we can all get a few battle scars landing fish.
 Reply by: LastKast2010      Posted: 2/20/2019 9:10:55 AM     Points: 4241    
your on a big pike ..roll this year. Nice fish.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 2/20/2019 5:56:11 PM     Points: 14220    
Lastkast, thanks, yes so far pike fishing has been good to me. With any luck it will be a great year.
 Reply by: pikeNcolorado      Posted: 2/23/2019 7:06:30 PM     Points: 17676    
Great Pike through the ice. Well done.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 2/24/2019 1:48:06 AM     Points: 1566    
Super nice pike thru the ice, congratulations.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 2/24/2019 7:57:55 AM     Points: 14220    
Thanks guys, it was fun. Hope to get back out soon.

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