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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

No time for northern pike? You might want to reconsider

Esox angler Joe Bednar holds a healthy northern pike (Esox lucius) he caught on a recent trip on a southwest Lower Michigan lake. Bednar believes the best time to catch pike occurs now during the late heat of summer when the lakes stratify, then he works the thermocline. (Photo by Bob Gwizdz)

When I was a kid, which is getting to be quite a while ago now, northern pike were important game fish.
Part of that, I think, is that if you wanted to catch a big fish, pike were your best bet. That was before salmon were here, steelhead were a lot smaller than they get now, and muskies were rarer than honest politicians. But pike gave you a chance at an eight- or 10-pound (or even bigger) fish.

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