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Fish: Northern Pike

South Park Advice

Post By: fishingmanlee      Posted: 9/19/2023 7:35:17 AM     Points: 287    
Got a Hall Pass this weekend and don't want to blow this opportunity as they are far and few between (for longer trips at least). Anyway, I have one day to chase Pike around and wonder which lake would you all hit if you had the same opportunity. I'm much more familiar with 11Mile and I like the fact that there is variance in structure types with flats, rocky points, weed beds, islands, ledges, and etc. But Spinney has been hot as well. I prefer casting to cover with large baits but have the ability to troll if necessary.

What are your thoughts?

THX
 Reply by: Artsy      Posted: 9/19/2023 10:46:02 AM     Points: 332
Do you practice catch and release?
 Reply by: fishingmanlee      Posted: 9/19/2023 11:35:49 AM     Points: 287
Should've stated that earlier. For pike, yes. I have NO interest in dealing with the "Bony Snot Rockets"! I feel like pike in all of of waters (where available) are a valuable resource for sure. CnR.

Bought home plenty of fillets however from Powell last week.
 Reply by: Artsy      Posted: 9/19/2023 11:42:37 AM     Points: 332
At this time of the year, you can't go wrong at either lake for pike. They're active and feeding.

You can catch em trollling or casting.
I'll be up there in a couple of days doing the same! Good luck!
 Reply by: chodeman      Posted: 9/19/2023 1:58:33 PM     Points: 3796
I'll throw a curveball here. We fished the Lathrop lakes (Horseshoe and Martin) near Walsenburg last week. The pike are going crazy on Martin. Biggest was 39" with at least 10 over 30". Also spent a day on horseshoe and were able to get a 38" Tiger Musky. These two small lakes are easy to fish and cover and with the exception of a couple pontoons and are very lightly used as of late. Pike were mostly caught on large spoons, Tiger was caught on 5" swimbait.
 Reply by: panfishin      Posted: 9/19/2023 2:01:29 PM     Points: 9248
CKFC had their annual tourney at 11mile this past weekend and posted up some very solid numbers. lots of pike over 32" (the longest their measuring boards go)
 Reply by: fishingmanlee      Posted: 9/19/2023 5:13:26 PM     Points: 287
Thanks for the heads up on Lathrop, never been but someday I'll get down there. There's something about The Mile that makes this one of my favorite places in CO. I've never broken the 40" mark but have hooked but never landed at least 10 since I was a kid. Every time I've had a beast I have been broken/bit off. At least 5 of those I would have landed if I had a net. Now that I have all the gear, sophisticated electronics, and a sweet floater to hold everything I'll probably get the 'Ol black and white kitty
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