|Pike grabbed small walleye and wouldn't let go|
Pike attacks on walleye being brought to the boat seem to be more and more frequent. For one thing, there just are so many more small walleye these days. Pike really like to prey on school fish and walleye fill the bill nicely.
Most of the time the larger predator will release the walleye when it sees the boat but once in awhile, such as above, it is really determined!
You might think that it would be a good idea to fish with large live bait in these areas for giant pike. You cannot use walleyes, of course; they are gamefish, but you can purchase large live sucker minnows, and I've known people who tried that. Alas, it doesn't seem to be very successful, at least not in the summer. Neither is dead bait, such as frozen ciscoes, which can work great in spring and fall.
So how would a pike angler target large northern pike in areas with lots of walleye?
I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this. If you leave a comment at the end of the blog I will be sure it is published.
My thoughts are to use deeper-diving artificial baits than normal for pike and troll or cast these in the fringe areas of the walleye spots. This might be an occasion to use slightly larger baits too. I don't want to say "large" because people always go overboard on lure size. However, an eight-inch Rapala or the like might work in these spots. That's normally too big to plug the shorelines all day with which is how we catch the vast majority of pike. However, when you know where there is an active walleye spot, you might just try trolling a bit farther away with the bigger lure and see what happens. Don't be surprised if you catch walleye anyway!
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