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Plan on ice fishing it this year and i heard that the dow has been stocking pike?  Any one know for sure?  Thanks, Shannon
 

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the CDOW stocking pike? i wouldnt think so not with them elliminating the size, bag, and possesion limits on them state wide! maybe they are stocking tigers?

here is a link to a post from dan about tiger stocking in CO

http://www.coloradofisherman.com/forum/index.php?topic=2478.msg22177#msg22177

i dont see terryall listed but did not follow the link for past tiger stocking.

if you can confirm they are stocking pike please post a quote or link stocking pike wouldnt fitt with there other actions but you never know with the CDOW, cause it aint just god that works in strange and mysterious ways
 

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The pike that are in there are holdovers that were able to survive in Tarryall Creek while tha dam was being renovated. If they weren't able to survive I can assure you the DOW would not re-stock them. How do these rumors get started?
 
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NO WAY they are going to stock pike! Why start over to just screw it up!? Don't get me wrong. I love pike. I'd take them over trout. But not everyone is willing to catch pike all day. Colorado is Trout Country. I lived in Nebraska and saw what the pike did to lakes. It gets pretty scary at times.
 

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As has been stated many times by many on the board here, I'd much rather fish for pike and the chance to catch a big fish than fish for 11" stocked trout. Colorado may be trout country but lets have a little variety.
 

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the dow has been stocking thousands of tigers each year to give us some giant fish to target heck they got a 36 inch minimum size people need to take advantage of this
 
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Where's the minimum length for cats? Say 18"-23"? We could grow some monster cats if we did this! LOL
 

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catmann29 said:
NO WAY they are going to stock pike!  Why start over to just screw it up!?  Don't get me wrong.  I love pike.  I'd take them over trout.  But not everyone is willing to catch pike all day.  Colorado is Trout Country.  I lived in Nebraska and saw what the pike did to lakes.  It gets pretty scary at times.
Come on, they only really harmed spinney. And their is no way the CDOW would stock pike. That's almost like a democrat giving Bush credit for something good.
 

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the dow has been stocking thousands of tigers each year to give us some giant fish to target heck they got a 36 inch minimum size people need to take advantage of this
HaHa Ok Roadkill you go first ;). I really want to catch one too but to be honest I do not want to put in the time required. I mean seriously who has 80 hrs to put in on a lake to maybe catch one? Forget tigers lets just have a couple good pike lakes and a couple good lake trout lakes and we all will be happy.
 

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i've put in well over 80 hours, probably twice that pretty easy and i've yet to even have a hit, had one follow. my buddy caught two of them within an hour while fishing for bass at the same lake??? i guess that's just the way the cookie crumbles.
 

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Not all of Colorado has to be trout country. In fact we have better growth rates for bass than many central and northern states. Colorado should be diverese and everywhere shouldn't be managed for trout. Leave the wild streams and high mountain lakes for that. Tarryall never had large amounts of big trout anyway.
Plenty of pike are to be had in Colorado. Stagecoach, the Yampa River, Rio Blanco, Crawford, and Vallecito are great fisheries. Williams Fork, Harvey Gap, and 11- Mile are tougher but pike are there.
The most important thing for pike is NOT TO USE WIRE LEADER. It repells strikes like DEET repells skeeters.
 

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if pike are anything like toothy saltwater fish the trick it to go with fine (same weight as main line) dark single strand wire very thin and non reflective, not quite as good clear mono but closer than the criped stranded wire leaders you find in the stores. you need to learn how to do the haywire twist and then score some single strand and you ready to go
 

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Lazarus said:
The most important thing for pike is NOT TO USE WIRE LEADER. It repells strikes like DEET repells skeeters.
I have found that you can make up the equivalent by just making up some of your own leaders out of 30-40 lb. mono. It doesn't spook the fish and the pike don't bite through it.

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Walking Eagle said:
Lazarus said:
The most important thing for pike is NOT TO USE WIRE LEADER. It repells strikes like DEET repells skeeters.
I have found that you can make up the equivalent by just making up some of your own leaders out of 30-40 lb. mono. It doesn't spook the fish and the pike don't bite through it.

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But make sure you check the leader after every fish for nicks and replace it when it does get them.
 

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mono is still plastic and a prolonged tug o war with a really bigun has the chance of cutting thru the line unless you get lucky (skilled?) and hook them in the corner of the mouth so the teeth rub on the hook not the line
 

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roadkill said:
mono is still plastic and a prolonged tug o war with a really bigun has the chance of cutting thru the line unless you get lucky (skilled?) and hook them in the corner of the mouth so the teeth rub on the hook not the line
The biggest pike I have caught on a heavy mono leader was a 16 pounder and he was hooked in the front of the jaw, with a Dardevle spoon about the size of a hub cap in between him and my leader. So that wasn't really a good test.

But I'll keep looking for a really good test. :)
 

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yeah fishing spoons does give you an advantage but if they take it deep you risk losing the spoon i always run a small 6" single strand leader on any lure when fishing for toothy critters, i cant afford to lose my lures
 
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