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Hey everyone,

I have not been doing well spearing this year, ever since I left the GTG. I have been out 10+ times and have only seen two spearable fish. I have been spearing in the 8 to 11 foot range, and have tried 6 new lakes. I just can't seem to find the fish this winter. I am thinking about going out again tomorrow morning, and was looking for some advice. Anyone have a suggestion of a lake around the west metro that I would have a good change of seeing some pike. Feel free to PM me if you don't want to make it public. Or if you know of a certain type of structure that the pike are using this time of year that I can look for on the lake maps.

I really appreciate any help, just looking for a few pike to eat.

Bowhunt

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I don't think your'e doing anything wrong Bowhunt. I think its just a tough year.

I have a feeling things will improve tomorrow.

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PM sent, I got some intel Ill give ya. Fish are starting to move more, some lakes in the area are turning over while others are next to crystal clear.

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things are starting to turn around. this year has been very slow for the past month or so, but its going to get better now.

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I saw more fish today in a single day then I have seen any other day this year so far. Not that it is saying much since I never see real high numbers but had at least 10 pike today swim through. That is a lot of ice to cut through though to set up a hole!

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Well my luck turned around this morning. Only saw one fish but that was all it took to make my day. She came in once and all I could see was her head in the hole but I could tell it was a big fish. As soon as I picked up the spear she came unglued and was out of there. 30 to 45 min. later she came back in on a mission to eat my sucker, and she did. Had the hole thing in her mouth when she spun around in the hole and gave me a nice shot right behind the head. She measured 36 1/4", I guess patience pays off.

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Great fish Bowhunt. Not trying to be controversial but that fish is why some people don't like slot limits. That would be a legal fish on a slot lake but you wouldn't dare spear it because you just can't tell until you measure. That is the reason I quit spearing slot lakes. I passed up fish that I was pretty sure were legal.

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Bowhunt, I see the spearing slow down each year mid to late Jan. Then it picks up again in Feb. I went through a dry spell and wasn't seeing much the last two weeks. I speared a nice one the other day and am seeing others spearing picking up now too! Try ro find an area that is in 9 ft. with a deep hole or deeper area as close as you can to your set up! ><B>

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cold spell and wind make the clarity decrease and when ice temps drop really fast causing some fish to stop all together. I do agree the late season will be better as we get a little warmer temps and longer days of sun which should increase fish movement and feeding activity.

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Hey everyone,

I have not been doing well spearing this year, ever since I left the GTG. I have been out 10+ times and have only seen two spearable fish. I have been spearing in the 8 to 11 foot range, and have tried 6 new lakes. I just can't seem to find the fish this winter. I am thinking about going out again tomorrow morning, and was looking for some advice. Anyone have a suggestion of a lake around the west metro that I would have a good change of seeing some pike. Feel free to PM me if you don't want to make it public. Or if you know of a certain type of structure that the pike are using this time of year that I can look for on the lake maps.

I really appreciate any help, just looking for a few pike to eat.

Bowhunt

About the worst thing you can do to try to consistantly find fish is to consistently fish different lakes. Start with a lake with good populations of northerns and stay on it until you can start to make some sense of it. 2c

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Thanks for all the advice guys, always trying to learn more.

mrKlean shoot me a PM I cleaned out my In Box. I have been meaning to send you a message so we could meet up and go spearing.

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