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Old 06-06-2014, 01:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I went to spinney/eleven mile this weekend and caught several pike. It was my first time catching them and it was really cool. Everyone there was adamant about killing any pike that were caught. But, based on a lot of comments I've read on here, there are a good number of people that want them thrown back. Is this because they disagree with the dows strategy on improving these fisheries as trout fisheries? Or is it just that they like catching pike? On one hand, I could see how the Dow would think that reducing the pike population would help the trout population. On the other, it would seem that the pike would help weed out the small trout and eliminate competition for the bigger ones, thus producing more big trout. Sorry if this has been answered before. I did a search and there's just so much info to cover.
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My reasoning for not killing pike is because they are about 100x more fun than trout. We have piles and piles of trout lakes in CO.... also, It seems to me the best pike lakes produce the best trout.
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I kill some of the smaller ones I catch at the Mile.
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Take a look at lakes that have pike in CO. 11mile, spinney, elkhead, taylor, etc etc etc. Those fisheries are trophy fisheries not only for pike, but for other species as well. Gotta be something to that.

Plus pike are way more fun to catch than trout.
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I kill some of the smaller ones I catch at the Mile.
Nothing wrong with that! And they are great eating! Once they get over 25" they should be released! I have kept a bunch of small ones over the years at the Mile and Spinney.
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Anytime you catch a fish with teeth, it's cool!

There used to be signs at Spinney stating that all pike must be kept. I think that is still the official regulation. I do let the big ones go, keep and eat the rest. There was a post here last year about pickling the small hammerhandles. Haven't tried it yet but it sounded pretty good. You should be able to find it using "search" function.
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I keep everything I catch between 20 & 30", they are delicious! Pike will over run a lake if not kept in check. This is what happen to Harvey in the 90's, finally after 20 years of people removing the juveniles the lake is coming back as a decent warm water fishery again. Big pike in a lake aren't the problem, its the mid size ones that do the most damage. They are eating machines when they are 20-30", once they reach a mature size they matabolism slows down and they can go several days without eating.

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There was a post here last year about pickling the small hammerhandles. Haven't tried it yet but it sounded pretty good. You should be able to find it using "search" function.
^^^Pickled pike is AWESOME!^^^
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Found it:

https://www.coloradofisherman.com/for...r-handles.html
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My buddy fed a 12" to a pelican at spinney a few weeks back... I know I know feeding wildlife blah blah. He's an idiot though. At least he doing his part to keep the population in check
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This horrid nu metal band wrote a song about pike. It seems they are a problem in flint michigan.

http://youtu.be/yJDAgMVzNto
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