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LOTWSvirgin

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Does anyone do any pike fishing around the IGL? Where does a guy start? If anyone with any info would like to give me some ideas I would most certainly share my success with them.

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All the bays hold pike, we catch many each winter fishing eyes and gills. We have gotten a couple off Anglers and a couple out of the Canals already this year. I always keep a minnow down no matter what I'm fishing sometimes they just happen by and eat.

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You ever get some real good sized ones? Smelt or chubs. Love t fish them on the short sticks.

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We got a 39" last year most are snot rockets. I did get 3-4 silvers last year and my daughter got 1 also on her first trip ice fishing. With all the hundreds of hours spent casting for muskies on West this year I think all the northerns left LOL A normal year we catch a 100 or more I'm betting we didn't break 25-30 this year.

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I agree, all the bays hold them, I usually have a rod rigged with 12 pound fireline, a Kastmaster and a short drop line with a chub on it.

They are fun to reel in on those short poles. If you tip up fish you will yourself pretty successful in any of the bays about a foot or two off the bottom with blue chubs or shiners anywhere there is good weeds.

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I would more than likely throw all the fish back. Now whats with these silvers are they keepable or do they have to be released. Whats a good sized silver only ever seen one at the hatchery and it was a mount

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That Silver mount is the biggest I have seen. I did boat 1 on Spirit that was a close twin to it though. They are treated the same as the green ones. Theres a good population of silvers in the IGL's. They have a gene mutation in them that makes them a different color, at least thats the answer I get from the local DNR.

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What size do you consider a snot rocket?

that is a great question. for me, it's anything less than 24", but it kinda depends on the lake.

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Same here anything under 24". Buddy caught one on a 13" Jake in November, northern wasn't much longer than the bait. I got a couple this year on a 12" Wades, crazy fish anyway trying to take baits their size.

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