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Lake: Eleven Mile Reservoir
Fish: Northern Pike

Spring Pike Advice

Post By: kayakdave      Posted: 5/7/2019 11:35:35 PM     Points: 317    
Hey all, I want to cross Northern Pike off my fish species bucket list, and I am thinking that Eleven Mile is the place to start.
-Best areas in May/June (or when you recommend for post-spawn action)
-Best lures/presentations?
-Leader recommendations?
-Any other tips

**I’m not necessarily ‘trophy fishing’. I just want to have some fun catching a Pike or two. Thank you!
 Reply by: Americanwolf      Posted: 5/8/2019 6:22:12 AM     Points: 287    
don't know the lake much but have caught a few years past out of there. In any lake I would find 10-18 ft water. weed beds rockey points..
Lures-Rapals about 2 1/2in long that drive 5-12ft. colors very but green, orange, red, natural brown. tube jigs are another favorite
leader- I personal don't use a leader to just run 10lbs braided line.
hope this helps
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 5/8/2019 7:55:39 AM     Points: 68    
Keep every one of them!!
 Reply by: Dakota Dude      Posted: 5/8/2019 8:36:20 AM     Points: 2320    
Ha, troll alert! Target shallow bays after the sun heats up the water a bit. They will be in the bays catching some rays.
 Reply by: mackman16      Posted: 5/8/2019 8:48:18 AM     Points: 550    
If you have chest waders and it isn't too far to drive, I would go to Rocky Mountain Arsenal after Memorial Day (so you can wade). Bring only lures with barbs crimped down and catch/pic/release only. I have never been skunked at RMA and usually pike are 25-30 inch range.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 5/8/2019 9:57:40 AM     Points: 1566    
Try some J-9 rapala and J-13, perch, clown, and firetiger. Troll or cast around weed beds.
 Reply by: GrabBass      Posted: 5/8/2019 10:28:29 AM     Points: 148    
I highly recommend using a heavier fluoro as your leader compared to steel. In my experience you will catch more fish without a steel leader, I usually start with 20lb Vanish. I have had my best luck throwing large Mepps, size 5 in bronze or gold blade colors.
 Reply by: masteroftheloch      Posted: 5/8/2019 1:53:32 PM     Points: 164    
don't use leaders, youll get way more bites. use 15 to 20 lb flouro. Fish Jerk baits.. any kind and size will work you just gotta try them to find out. I do well with Smithwick Rouges and Bomber suspending A's. Watch video's on how to fish jerk baits for pike. Usually the "pause" is the key to catching pike. jerk - jerk - pause... and vary the pattern of the retrieve. Start there and you'll catch fish. Stay in water anywhere from 6' to 12' fow.
 Reply by: CACHEM ALL      Posted: 5/9/2019 10:08:53 AM     Points: 204    
5" swim bait. POWERTOTHEPIKE!!!
 Reply by: LastKast2010      Posted: 5/9/2019 11:08:24 AM     Points: 4241    
here's my advise... stay away from the wire/steel leaders. I agree with the jerk, jerk, pause. that seems to catch fish all over. Also.. try to find edges of.. grass/rock/brush. These fish are ambush predators, and need something to hide in before the strike. I like bigger jerks like the Husky Jerk, the Rouge and others in the 5-7 inch range. Cover lots of water as pike don't really school up, and have fun. there are quite a few good vids on YouTube about pike fishing with swimbaits. Try some of the ones from Navajo Lake.
 Reply by: sax      Posted: 5/9/2019 11:22:51 AM     Points: 0    
This time of year I like using a buzz bait on the edge of cover...Lot's of fun watching them slam the top water.
 Reply by: Wacokid57      Posted: 5/9/2019 4:36:51 PM     Points: 11    
The Arsenal, wade just outside the cattails. Buzzbaits are a blast there. Add a stinger hook sometimes they strike short.
 Reply by: kayakdave      Posted: 5/10/2019 3:21:40 PM     Points: 317    
Thanks a bunch everyone! All that info is immensely helpful. Ill be going sometime this month or early June and I will post what I find. Cheers

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