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Lake: Harvey Gap Reservoir
Fish: Northern Pike
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Pike and Perch

Post By: SGM      Posted: 1/22/2020 10:33:57 AM     Points: 14875    
My son, Diggins, Mrs Diggins and I hit the ice at Harvey Gap this past weekend looking to find us a few big ole pike and some perch. Hit the ice at daylight and got the tip-ups set up. Then dug some holes for perch and crappies. The perch where thick and hungry. At times the graph would show 3-4 feet of fish mostly on the bottom but some suspended. Bottom line on perch is we caught at least 200-300 of them but as usual at Harvey most where small at 4-7 inches. We did manage a fair mess of 8-9 inchers, a few 10 and one Master Angler 12 incher. When we would see a suspended fish or school we would try for them thinking they might be crappies. We never got a crappie but did get several small rainbows. The pike fishing proved to be more of a challenge and slow. in 2 1/2 days be had 10 flags and landed only 4 pike at 21, 24, 28 and 29 inches. Had one on for a few head shakes and popped off, the rest grabbed the bait but dropped it in their first run. Weather was great and so was the company. Ice was about 9 inches with 4 inches of snow on top. Typical small baits worked on the perch and bows tipped with waxies. No bucket list musky thru the ice or big pike but still a great time and lots of fun.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 1/22/2020 10:54:54 AM     Points: 59730    
Good deal Russ. Looks like a productive trip!
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 1/22/2020 11:33:45 AM     Points: 2429    
Well done, (again), Sir!
 Reply by: Digginjiggin      Posted: 1/22/2020 12:15:09 PM     Points: 336    
As always, a great trip with Russ and Kevin, not quite what we hoped for in terms of pike size or number, but enough flags to keep us on our toes. Meanwhile the perch and trout made it entertaining along with the great trash talk and wise cracks. A real thanks for setting up the Taj Mehal for Becky and to Kevin for fixing my tip-up and helping with everything. You guys cleaned it up for Becky then she started “diggin” me! Overall a great weekend of catching, evening wings n smoked meat and quality time. Come on spring Walleye!
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 1/22/2020 1:00:52 PM     Points: 235    
Sounds like fun! 🎣👍 Ever since they drew the water down to supposedly fix a gate valve at the dam a few years ago the Pike Fishing has been tough!🤬 Hopefully the Pike Fishing will be better this year?
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 1/22/2020 2:25:14 PM     Points: 14875    
Thanks guys, hope to get back on the lake this spring.

Great weekend Jerry, looking forward to the annual April trip your way and the Pueblo trip.
 Reply by: yard dogs      Posted: 1/22/2020 2:57:08 PM     Points: 670    
Looks like a great time!!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 1/22/2020 4:38:37 PM     Points: 14875    
Brad, the boys would have a blast with all the perch.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 1/22/2020 6:09:52 PM     Points: 38902    
Sounds like a blast Russ! Way to go guys and gal!
 Reply by: chucker      Posted: 1/22/2020 7:54:25 PM     Points: 39    
Great time with your family. You knocked em dead!!!!!!
 Reply by: CoachK      Posted: 1/23/2020 7:30:36 AM     Points: 143    
Thats sounds like a great trip!
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 1/23/2020 12:14:32 PM     Points: 986    
great job!
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: 1/23/2020 1:08:27 PM     Points: 14875    
Thanks, all lots of fun and good memories.

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