Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association Forums 2018 Spring BIG PIKE Trip 2018 Spring BIG PIKE Trip Discussion

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  • #10512

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

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    There’s talk on starting out the season with a trip to target BIG PIKE! In the past couple of years, this meant going to Devils Lake in North Dakota. Their season never closes, so we can fish before the season opens in MN. The weather can be dicey though.

    In a text message stream, there has been talk about going to LOTW, Lake Of The Woods for an early June trip for BIG PIKE! That sounds great also.

    We also have an event listed to go up to Hungry Jack Lodge on the Gunflint Trail for early June. Any of these can change to whatever the group wants or prefers. We’re looking for your thoughts and ideas. Please discuss here!

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10515

    Razorklaw
    Participant

    Following. Need to figure out my travel plans.

  • #10517

    K P
    Participant

    I’m game for trying some where new, due to the hit or miss with the Devils Lake weather. If anyone has suggestions on where to catch big pike or lots of pike, throw it out here.

  • #10519

    jengelmann
    Participant

    The pike season does not close on Lake of the Woods either. I was thinking an early May, shortly after ice out. There are resorts up there that only charge $25/person per night for lodging during the off season.

    I can’t seem to post a copy of the map, but I was thinking of fishing either Bostic Creek or Zippel Bay. Shane might be able to provide more info, he’s spent more time up there than me.

    Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
    Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

    • #10522

      K P
      Participant

      Sounds great Josh. I contacted Zippel Bay Resort and their summer rates go into effect in April. I contacted Cyrus Resort and as soon as the ice is off, their rates are $45 per person($60 in the summer) to get anglers up there early. We can tentatively plan to go the weekend, or week for some, that there is open water.

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  • #10520

    jengelmann
    Participant

    https://www.google.com/maps/@48.8424462,-94.767739,2634m/data=!3m1!1e3

    That should bring up the map of Bostic Creek.

    Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
    Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

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    • #10523

      THE GATOR GUY!
      Keymaster

      I ice fish out of Ballards which is on wheelers point. Bostic creek looks like it protected somewhat. Plus, got to think the pike would be heading that way to shallow water to spawn.

      The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10521

    jengelmann
    Participant

    https://www.google.com/maps/@48.8640451,-94.883391,3259m/data=!3m1!1e3

    That should bring up the map for Zippel Bay.

    Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
    Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

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  • #10524

    jengelmann
    Participant

    I’ve ice fished out of Cyrus resort for the past 5 years. Their cabins are very nice and have plenty of room. I guess I was exaggerating the cheap rates somewhat, but $45/night isn’t bad either. Bostic Creek is protected. It winds around and has lots of rushes growing. It isn’t overly wide, so we should be able to handle some wind. Up towards the mouth of the creek people spear and tip-up fish in the winter. This winter already a 42″ inch pike was taken in that area.

    It also isn’t that far to drive from Cyrus resort to Zippel Bay state park if we want to fish Zippel Bay. We would have to watch the timing somewhat. Zippel Bay resort does an ice out pike tourney the first weekend after ice out. We would want to wait until that is done before we head up. Last year I think they had around 40 boats in that tourney.

    Most of the resorts don’t operate their restaurants during that time of year. We would have to check and see who has restaurants open or if we would have to cook our own meals. I believe Cyrus closes their restaurant from April 15th until the fishing opener.

    Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
    Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

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  • #10525

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    $45 bucks a night is totally fine by me…unless i had to share a room with KP! 😛 I assume the cabins have kitchens, so we could figure something on meals easily. They probably have grills for each cabin too. Clean sheets, hot showers, rain protection and the chance for a MONSTER PIKE! I’m really liking the sound of this!

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

    • #10526

      K P
      Participant

      Anyone sharing a room with me will be charged an additional $15 as I am a professional cuddler, and I’m the big spoon. Anyone sharing a room with Ron, well I hope you like banjo music. 😯

      • #10527

        THE GATOR GUY!
        Keymaster

        Dwayne says you’re NOT a good cuddler! Ha, ha!

        The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

        • #10528

          K P
          Participant

          Dwayne used a Groupon so I didn’t give him my all.

          • #10529

            THE GATOR GUY!
            Keymaster

            I knew you could be had on the cheap! 🙂

            The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10530

    Muskieyakhunter
    Participant

    I don’t cuddle but I am up foe lake of the woods ! Would June be late up there!

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    • #10531

      THE GATOR GUY!
      Keymaster

      NO CUDDLING REQUIRED! Ha, ha! Dates are not set yet for sure. We can see what works best for most who want to go. Some may go for a longer period of time. Others may come for only part of the dates. My bet is we’ll be talking end of May early June.

      The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

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  • #10535

    jengelmann
    Participant

    If you wait until late May or early June it could cause some difficulties. Cabin rates increase and traffic on the water increases. Once walleye season is open we will have to contend with all of the charter boats from the resorts. My preference would be the week or weekend before opener.

    Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
    Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

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    • #10537

      THE GATOR GUY!
      Keymaster

      Good point Josh! Then we get back in to the dicey weather conditions. But you are right on. The walleye guys will be elbow to elbow up there. The weekend before opener makes sense. So are walleyes on MN regs and pike are NOT?

      The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10536

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    Good point Josh! Then we get back in to the dicey weather conditions. But you are right on. The walleye guys will be elbow to elbow up there. The weekend before opener makes sense. So are walleyes on MN regs and pike are NOT?

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10538

    jengelmann
    Participant

    There are special regulations for that lake. Walleye season runs til mid April and then opens again on fishing opener. Pike and bass have a continuous season.
    I don’t think getting lodging at the last minute would be a problem before opener.

    Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
    Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

  • #10540

    Muskieyakhunter
    Participant

    So we are talking about the first weekend in maya?
    About May 5th or 6th. I should be able to bet up there for that weekend! I sure I can wait that long to go kayak fish for Pike though!

    I still need to figure out a post ice fishing destination!!

    Brett

  • #10541

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    So I googled “average date of ice out lake of the woods.” End of April for 2017. So first week in May might be dicey. I think like Josh may be right. The week before the MN walleye opener. May 12 is the opener. So May 5 would be the week before. Here is the link to google search for ice out. http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/ice_out/index.html

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

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  • #10554

    rock n troll
    Participant

    All right… I’ve thought about suggesting the LOW trip to Zippel Bay for two years. I took my boat up to Zippel the week before the tourney 5 years ago. We fished 3 days. Restaurant at the resort closed. Bait nearly impossible to find. We ended up going to Roseau and getting the last 2 packs of frozen herring available. Nothing pike sized available in Baudette or Warroad. We rented a cabin at Zippel bay resort and launched from there. The channel markers were not in, resulting in a few prop dings. We fished Monday – Wednesday. Took us 1.5 days to develop a pattern. First day we only caught 6 fish ranging 22-28 inches. First day there were 7 boats total on the bay. Tuesday and Wednesday there were only 0-2 boats (not counting our boat). From Tuesday noon until Wednesday noon (fishing daylight hours), we caught 33 pike between 30 and 44 inches. My nephew continues to call this his best fishing day ever. I do too!

    I have not been back since. I was supposed to go 2 years ago, but ended up having neck surgery 3 days before departure. Some thoughts:
    Midweek is definitely less crowded.
    There is a 2nd resort further west on the bay that some boats came out of.
    Bait unlikely available locally.
    Couldn’t find an open restaurant from Baudette to Zippel Bay.
    Cooking facilities were available in our cabin at Zippel ( a 2 bedroom).
    Timing is critical. While the bay was open when we went, LOW was ice covered. We couldn’t make it past the lighthouse.
    How long after ice is off the bay do the pike remain?
    For the years I was able to find results, the typical winning pike for the Zippel Bay resort tourney was usually upper 40s.
    Planned dates for trip unfortunately need to be flexible.

    I would love to go!

    RnT

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  • #10561

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    Thanks Rock N Troll! Good info. The bays will open up sooner for sure, so if we are in zippel bay or by Bostic Creek the chances of open water are better. What were you hooking the frozen shiners to? Most of us would be thinking artificials. I’ve even heard some people say BIG BAITS aren’t what the pike want that time of year. I would certainly get some frozen shiners early and bring them up and SELL them to you guys! Ha, ha!

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10562

    jengelmann
    Participant

    I’m really excited about this trip! I’d be interested in hearing more about your tackle and tactics when you were up there Rock N Troll. Were you trolling or bobber fishing? What kind of frozen bait did you use? How did you hook it? Thanks for the information.

    Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
    Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

  • #10563

    rock n troll
    Participant

    Frozen herring suspended under a bobber. We also casted large plastics. Most of the bay was less than 7ft deep. We trolled the first day and only got the smaller fish.

    RnT

  • #10564

    rock n troll
    Participant

    We only could find a dozen medium sucker minnows. They worked well under a bobber. We made sure to pull them out of caught fish and even netted the sucker if it was spit out during the fight. We caught half the fish on plastics and half on the suspended bait.

    RnT

  • #10565

    rock n troll
    Participant

    We were very unprepared tacklewise. It seemed that on that trip, spinner baits, spoons and cranks were nearly worthless. I have spent the intervening years acquiring tackle for the next time I get to go. We had to buy big bobbers and hooks because we didn’t bring any. Definitely will have 80lb fluoro leaders next time.

    RnT

  • #10566

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    So it sounds like they wanted real meat, the suckers. Were using plastic swim baits for the plastics you refer to?

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10567

    rock n troll
    Participant

    I was using a 9 inch sluggo…didn’t have any swim baits at that time. Like I said earlier, I was unprepared. Had mainly my usual pike stuff…spoons, spinner baits and cranks. I would think swim baits would produce.

    RnT

  • #10568

    Muskieyakhunter
    Participant

    Here is good show about LOW Northern Pike.

    This makes me excited to go.

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  • #10569

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    Oh yeah baby!!! That shows everything I like to see. BIG PIKE caught on the exact gear and lures I like to use. This was an AWESOME way to start my day. Thanks!
    Ha, ha!!! Pike poop in the boat. I’ve been there. Those big stinkers! 🙂

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

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  • #10572

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    Big Pike Kayak Fishingyeah, I’m a little excited about this!

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10573

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    Big Pike Kayak Fishingyeah, I’m a little excited about this!

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

    • #10576

      jengelmann
      Participant

      You need to make that into a sticker and put it on you kayak.

      Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
      Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

  • #10578

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    I have big plans for “Gator Graphics” on an new kayak and trailer. Not sure when I’ll pull the trigger on it…but I’m going to have some fun doing it! 🙂

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10579

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    I have big plans for “Gator Graphics” on an new kayak and trailer. Not sure when I’ll pull the trigger on it…but I’m going to have some fun doing it! 🙂

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10581

    Hey guys! Sounds like a blast!

    Tom Elliott ~ Toad Outdoors
    Home Lake: O'Dowd

  • #10582

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    Thought you’d find this Tom! Hope you can make it. Could be EPIC!!!

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10583

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    Thought you’d find this Tom! Hope you can make it. Could be EPIC!!!

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10584

    rock n troll
    Participant

    great video! Didn’t realize the big pike remained that close in for that long. Looked like the water was easily kayakable throughout their filming. Why am I not up there every year??!!

    RnT

  • #10586

    What bay are you guys thinking? I’d like to make a reservation sooner than later to get locked into that cheap rate…

    Tom Elliott ~ Toad Outdoors
    Home Lake: O'Dowd

  • #10587

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    My understanding is Zippel Bay Resort. I’m ready to book some time at an affordable rate. The question becomes who is going and for what length of time? I’m thinking about being up there for 4 or 5 days maybe. That leaves a rain day or shitty wind day or 2 as a throw away. What are you thinking Tom?

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10594

    Muskieyakhunter
    Participant

    I am thinking about camping a zippel bay state park. It will save some $.
    http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/zippel_bay/index.html

    Brett

  • #10597

    Muskieyakhunter
    Participant

    The park looks like it has a boat launch too.

  • #10598

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    From the state park web page.
    Fishing in Channel. With ample shoreline, a marina, boat ramp, and fishing pier, Zippel Bay State Park is a great place to fish. This spot is a springtime favorite for anglers hoping to catch spawning, trophy-sized northern pike. It is here that the Hiking Club Trail concludes. The historic Zippel town site was located on this scenic point.

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10599

    jengelmann
    Participant

    I’m not brave enough to camp up there that early in the year. I think Zippel Bay Resort is $60 per night and Cyrus Resort is $45 per night. I’m planning on going.

    Blind Squirrel Fishing Team!!
    Just like a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while, I find a fish every once in a while.

  • #10600

    Muskieyakhunter
    Participant

    Does any one have a link to the lower off season rate a zippels bay resort? I could not find them.
    Or do you needs to call for the rates?

  • #10601

    We have to make sure we miss this weekend or else we won’t find a place to stay
    https://lakeofthewoodsmn.com/zippel-bay-resorts-spring-pike-tournament-april-30-may-1/

    Tom Elliott ~ Toad Outdoors
    Home Lake: O'Dowd

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  • #10609

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    Good point Tom. I have the event for the week after the tournament you mention. I think I’m going to try and get up there on Wednesday or so maybe. Since our trip is after the pike tourney, which in the link you sent describes the resort as being sold out, there may not to much of a deal. I’m going to try and give a call up to Zippel Bay Resort and see what lodging costs are.

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

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  • #10665

    David Mikkelson
    Participant

    How do I get in on this!!? Would love to join you guys!!!!!

  • #10666

    THE GATOR GUY!
    Keymaster

    David, just click the little button on the lower left “Notify me of follow-up replies via email”. Add any comments or info you like. At some point I may move this to the event page and see who all is going. My bet is we’ll have 6 to 12 people going. Personally, I’m pretty darned PUMPED for this! As we get closer we’ll coordinate who’s going and when.

    The Gator Guy! I like to catch BIG PIKE!

  • #10667

    David Mikkelson
    Participant

    I did! 🙂

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