Hard to tell from the picture but these are huge pike. They are about 43-47 inches. There was one that was close to 50 inches. We saw about 15 big pike. I’m sure there were many more that we could not see thru the weeds. They have finished spawning and are just laying around warming up in the shallow water.the warmth helps them recuperate. The black bottom in this area warms up fast in the sunlight. It is very difficult to get a boat close enough to get a photo like this. Hayden used his drone. We have some great video as well - I will upload asap.
The little males were about fifty yards away. We saw dozens of them along the side of the creek. The males in most lakes are all about 20 inches long. Some maybe close to 30 but 90 % are in the 20 inch range.
Hayden and I fished for literally 30 seconds and each of us hooked into nice size walleye.
Released of course. But definitely funeral to catch.
DURING THE ACTUAL SPAWN THE TINY MALES (18-20”) RISK THEIR LIVES BY GETTING RIGHT UP NEXT TO THE MAMMOTH FEMALES. AT TIMES THERE CAN BE 10 OR MORE OF THESE TINY MALES SLILTHERING ALL OVER AND AROUND ONE 50” FEMALE. A FEW DAYS OR EVEN HOURS LATER THOSE SAME FEMALES WILL HAPPILY EAT THE FATHER OF THEIR BABIES.
SO TODAY THE LITTLE MALES ARE ABOUT 50 YARDS AWAY ALONG EACH SIDE OF THE CREEK. WE COUNTED ABOUT 60 OF THEM.
WE ALSO SAW MANY THOUSANDS OF SUCKERS JAMMED IN BELOW THE LILTTLE WATER FALLS. AND ABOUT A DOZEN SMALL MALE WALLEYE IN THE 250 YARD STRETCH. I CAN ENVISION MANY HUGE FEMALE WALLEYE SPAWNING IN AMONGST THE ROCKS BELOW THAT FAST FLOWING WATER.
BACK TO THE PIKE.
SEVERAL OF THESE FISH WERE OVER 45 INCHES. WE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH BATTERY TIME ( ABOUT 10 MINUTES) AND THE WIND WAS VERY STRONG. THE WAVES AND LIGHT ANGLE MADE IT DIFFICULT TO SEE INTO THE WATER. BUT I BEILEVE I SAW ONE FISH OVER 50 INCHES. SHE WAS IN REALLY HEAVY COVER AND VERY DIFFICULT TO SPOT. THE VIDEO CLIP I WILL TRY TO UPLOAD SHOWS 3 FEMALES ALL IN THE 45 INCH RANGE. I HAVE SEEN MANY 50 INCH PIKE IN THIS LOCATION AND WE HAVE CAUGHT DOZENS OF 46-48 INCHE PIKE OUT OF THIS AREA.