Season 7 - Episode 15. James Holst fishes with Chad Thompson, owner of Pasha Lake Cabins at http://www.pashalake.com/ for May pike on a walk-in lake near Pasha Lake Cabins known for a hot-spot called the "Bay of Pigs."
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Reminds me of a little pond we had here in the TC Metro area in the late 80’s. Spring pike would in there thick like that. Big ones too! No boat access, canoe fishing only kinda place. Land got sold and developed. Put in a golf course. That was the end of that….
Quote: What type of leader were you using? I've lost a few pikes from using the wrong leader?
Heavy flouro. Brand really doesn't matter in this instance in my opinion. 60# is what we used. I'm finding that even 20# is heavy enough when fishing stickbaits. Go 40# for some added insurance when fishing pike when leader-shy walleye aren't being targeted.
I didn't catch it in the show, but what water temps did you have? Also, even though they looked broad across the shoulders, some looked a little thin through the belly. Were these post-spawn fish? In that small lake, what are they feeding on? Panfish?
Quote: I didn't catch it in the show, but what water temps did you have? Also, even though they looked broad across the shoulders, some looked a little thin through the belly. Were these post-spawn fish? In that small lake, what are they feeding on? Panfish?
This is just a guess because those small camp boats didn't have any electronics but I'm confident temps were in the upper 40's.
The spawn had wrapped up... we didn't see any sign of lingering spawning activity. Some of the fish that had spawned earlier had already put back on some noticeable girth while some of the fish that spawned later did look a bit thin yet.
The lake we fished is actually quite large. The bay we fished was small. There's no bluegill or crappie within a hundred miles of the lake we fished. The primary forage species for the pike in the bay we fished is sucker. We could see large schools of them midday working along the shorelines. Once these pike leave this bay then the larger specimens would switch over to tullibee with perch and sucker mixed in when the opportunity presented itself.