Saturday turned out to be a great day on the water. Flat calm but the fish didn't seem to mind. Did very well with a leech under a slip bobber in 4-7fow on the east side of the lake. Keeping the leech well off the bottom seemed to be the ticket. If we were in 7fow we were a good 3ft off the bottom. Actually had a few fish swirl at the surface right before they took the leech so I don't think you can fish too shallow right now. Took about 3.5 hrs to pull a 2 man limit so it wasn't fast and furious but the fish we caught were all real nice 17-22 inchers.
The northern pike (known as the pike in Britain), Esox lucius, is a species of carnivorous fish of the genus Esox (the pikes). They are typical of brackish and freshwaters of the northern hemisphere (i.e. holarctic in distribution). They are also known by the literal translation of their latin name, "water wolf".
Fished off of Velva Point on Saturday morning (the 31st). Didn't have great luck. Best coming with crank baits. Caught a couple, but nothing was worth keeping.
Fished this weekend limited both days. Walleyes were aggressive. I thought the first one was a northern it kept pulling line. I 6-8ft of water trolling cranks, from 830 to 1000 I caught 5 walleye and 1 northern. From 1000 to 1200 I caught 15 white bass and 5 northern. Went to the same place next morning and caught 3 walleye from 830 to 930 then my wife called saying the camper didn't have hot water so I went in. After that was fixed I took my daughter out and we caught 25 white bass and 3 more walleye.
Fished the area just west of the boat ramp on beaver creek. Had a nice SW breeze targeting big northern with smelt and a harness. We were there both Saturday and Sunday and caught one each day around noon. First 8 1/2 lb 30 inch on Saturday ( after 3 big monsters that broke the spider wire stealth braid 20 lb test) second one Sunday
42 inch 14.25. Went back after the rain moved through around 2 until 4:30. No big pike but the people next to us were catching plenty of crappie right next to the boat ramp.. Plenty of "eyes" being cleaned at the campground as well as crappie..
Caught a few walleye at the camp of the cross some large females no wall hangers but let them go took a couple 3-4 pounders for supper. 8- 14 ft jig and minnow slow drift, caught white bass and northern as well. Find hard bottom and wind swept shore seemed to be the ticket.
Pike were biting good for the hour I went out . they bit everything I threw at them. Better than mowing lawn.
I fish in Valley City at the dams and the walleye and northerns bite the best early in the morning with a jig head and twister tail. They're not picky about colors, also live minnows tipped on a jig head work well.
Went out last night at riverside dam. Caught two nice walleye (20" and 18") and two. Northerns. Kinda slow but I didn't think anything else but cats lived in the river till yesterday
Fished coulees and bridges from shore Saturday, fished from a boat Sunday. Coulees were poor... bunch of people fishing for walleyes that are mostly out of there or non active, didn't see a walleye caught at 5 different coulee areas with tons of people and hours invested.. Churchs Ferry had violent northerns at the bridge and saw some walleyes...still slow. Then Sunday fished a warmer bay via boat 49 degrees, violent northerns again and 1-25" walleye and terrible fishing conditions with the wind and cold. Soon...
fished for some pike on the east end and managed just 2, nothing big. missed a few bites well, but pretty slow overall.