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  1. My biggest was a paltry 31" while canoing on Annie Battle lake. I was using a medium sized Husky jerk-bait. I don't have a boat so I don't get out on big waters very often.
  2. The pike is king! It's been ages since I have visited FM but I just spooled up my pike fly reel and can't wait to get out there after the waterwolves.
  3. WxGuy: I don't think I saw your comments. I was kind of referencing more reporting of outdoors writers and DNR press releases and comments. I share your sentiment that people shouldn't be overly negative. I always find a good place to fish down there. My original post was more out frustration along the lines of 'great, I found something new that I really enjoy doing just in time for it to decline and disappear - just my luck.' I can fish for all warmwater species within a half mile of where I live but SE trout fishing is truly a unique treasure in this state. Much more convenient that going to Montana or Idaho.
  4. I always respect private property but some of the property owners down in that part of the state really have an attitude problem. This guy is probably one of those people who whould show up with a Winchester if you stepped on his stream bank. Property ownership sure does not seem to bring a lot of happiness to some of the hostile hermits down that way.
  5. Recently I have read a lot of very pessimistic things about environmental trends affecting trout streams in SE MN. The tone is almost like in five years all the trout will be gone and the streams will be silted drainage ditches. This is confusing because only two or three years ago everything I read indicated that everything was going in the right direction, trout populations were as high as they have ever been and the streams are in the best shape they have been in in over a hundred years. I only get down there a couple times a year but are things as bad what I have been reading?
  6. Make sure your leader is as thin as possible. Most commercial wire leaders are oversized junk that should be used for shark fishing. South Bend makes leaders with thin braided wire and small snaps that don't interfere with lure action. There's a variety of sizes/strengths from 12lb on up. I usually get the 18lb or 27 lb test 8-inch size. Another good option is to make your own out of single strand wire. You can get enough 35lb single strand to make a hundred leaders for like $6.00. Or get some 15lb nylon coated wire and do a twist melt with a lighter. That works good for jigs.
  7. Well, the pike season doesn't open until May 14 so you shouldn't be using anything before then. But around the opener I always have good luck casting a 3/4 oz. daredevle in weedy areas that are around 5 feet deep. I also replace the treble hook on my daredevles with a single Siwash style hood. They hook just as good and are easier to get out. A 1/4 or 3/8 black or white spinner bait is a good bet, too.
  8. Quote: Quote: Don't waste your money on St. Croix rods either. They are over rated and you don't need to spend $150 or $200 bucks on a rod that they make!!! Go get a Gander Mountain rod for $60. They might be more than you're willing to spend, but overrated these rods are not! ... If you're serious about the sport, why not invest in a rod that will last you the rest of your fishing days?...You can go through an awful lot of guide series rods in a lifetime, which will probably end up costing more $ in the long run. I agree. St. Croix makes great rods, even the Premier series is great. The warranty may be only two years but the only way you will have a problem is if you do something dumb and break it by slamming it in the car door or something. I have wasted a lot of money going the cheap route only to end up getting the better rod anyway. If I would have just gone ahead with the good stuff to begin with I would have saved quite a bit of money.
  9. The price jump from a $20 reel to a $60 reel represents probably a ten-fold increase in quality. You are going from a piece of junk that won't get you through one season to a solid reel that will last years. I can't conceive that a the jump from $60 to $200 represents even a doubling of actual functional quality in a reel. I think your paying for cosmetic features and maybe some slightly perceptible improvement in the machining. I do, however, feel that a $200 rod is vastly superior to a $60 rod. So I would put the extra money toward a rod before I put it toward the reel, assuming I had any money left after fueling up my vehicle.
  10. Oh yeah! You have to have some type of topwater like a Giant Jackpot. Topwater fishing on a warm summer night is better than...well, unless you're with Elizabeth Hurley...uh, never mind...
  11. My advice - don't fall for the marketing hype of lure makers. I caught my first legal sized muskie (after about 10 days devoted exclusively to muskies spread over a three-year period) on a Mepps Giant Killer. Now that's a horse and buggy lure if there ever was one. Point is that it's been on the market for decades and is one of the cheapest muskie lures available but it got the job done. I have about 30 muskie lures that I bought when I first started out. But there are only a half dozen that I really have ever used. If I could start over again I would limit myself to 10 lures: a black bucktail with a silver willow leaf blade, a light color bucktail, a perch pattern Suick, a light pattern Suick, one large spinnerbait, a large spoon, a large jig for soft plastics, and two or three oddball off-the-rack contraptions that you wouldn't think would take a fish in a million years. To put this in perspective, one of the most informative pieces on muskie fishing I have read is the muskie chapter about fishing with Mark Windels in the book "Fishing Minnesota" by Greg Breining. Stated briefly, what this chapter says is that muskies are either "on" or "off" and if you put the lure in front of the muskie when it is "on" the fish will bite. If the fish is "off" you can throw fifty patterns of bucktails, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, whatever and it won't make any difference. So logically what I got out of that is that money I spent on tackle would have been better spent on more fishing trips to good muskie waters.
  12. I fished there a couple years ago and caught some small rainbows on a flu-flu jig. From what I read about it on the DNR lake finder, though, it really is not much of a trout lake.
  13. I flyfish for pike, even in the lakes around here. Get a 9wt rod, a WF 9 bass bug taper line, and a large arbor reel rated for 9wt line. Plan on $150 for the rod, $50-60 for the reel, and $30-50 for the line - that's the low end of midrange priced gear. Don't get a cheap all in one beginners pack - not much quality and they are geared for trout and panfish anyway. Practice casting a little before the big trip because it takes a couple hours to get the basic cast down, especially for the large flies/bugs you will be casting.
  14. Top water strikes, leaps through the air, chance for a lunker every time out on any lake, can be caught using a boat, canoe, float tube, or waders. Shallow or deep, near shore or the middle of the lake. Cooler lures. Active not passive. Same applies to pike fishing with one exception: slim chance for a true lunker in Minnesota.
  15. ilikepike

    MN Sate Record Bass

    My biggest bass was a 22"-er while pike fishing in mid-May a few years back with a suick. The cool thing is you can catch bass close to that size in any body of water in the state (wish the pike fishing was as good as the bass fishing). I think the next state record for largemouth will come out of some no-name lake (south of St. Cloud) . I also think the next state record smallie will come out of a central Minnesota lake and not a river. Why? I don't know - and you don't care.
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