Few lakes in CO have those combination of predators. Believe most pike are dining on trout in this state.Nawanda said:Studies have shown that a pike's preferred meal is 1/3 his own size.
That 40 inch monster in your lake is dining on 13 inch walleyes.
Yes. Something you copied off the net and placed here.Nawanda said:Was this an actual study do you think, and is this True or False?
The most interesting fact brought to my attention, was something I did not really know.walleye seeker said:they are able to eat something that size, but the smaller stuff is more available and easier to catch. i have seen 22 inch walleye with a 8 inch walleye down its throat and a 27 inch wiper with a 14inch wallete that it got caught in it's throat and died-----WalleyeSeeker
+1 That's an excellent postswimbait said:We might frame the phenomenon this way; fish eat what is available. They happen to have an extraordinary range of acceptable forage sizes. The dramatic examples of very large forage are most impressive to humans, and therefore are the ones that we remember with the greatest clarity. These are awesome events!
I was fishing a front range lake (that shall remain unidentified) in the 90's and was watching a nice trout (18'' range) cruising and sipping chironomids. This went on for some time. At a point, I saw a flash of movement and looked over just in time to see a HUGE largemouth bass crush the trout. It grabbed it sideways in its jaws like a dog with a bone and bore down hard. Many people do not realize it, but bass have very powerful jaws. The bass turned the trout and swallowed it headfirst and blew a ton of tiny scales out its gills. It was a spine tingling event to witness. I would estimate the bass to be in the 24 - 26" range and in very good condition. State record potential. I started fishing swimbaits real hard after that.
It is still important to realize there are dozens, if not hundreds of smaller meals consumed by predators. We just don't see them.
I think when a lake is experiencing a maximum level of activity, for whatever reason, is when these big meals happen. Fish are not always active. A big meal will not appeal to a lethargic fish. A small meal will likely get ignored by a "hot" fish that is on the warpath.
We have to remember that there are few absolutes in anything.
Not when it's my lure they see!!!Nawanda said:It seems that Walleye, Wipers, and possibly all fish are willing to gobble down the biggest prey that they can get their mouth on.
It's like Fish really can't affort to "Just say No". It's always Yes and YES.