River out west

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River out west

Postby Hoffmanpikefisher » Nov Sun 08, 2015 5:20 pm

Looked like a nice day and decided to head out in search of big pike and maybe a species I've never caught , a walleye. No walleye or big pike to be found. River was moving fast , almost too fast to paddle against. Only fish came on a big white jig while taking a paddling break at a deep hole casting for about 30 min. Also snagged a monster carp who came off as soon as I went to pick him up. Beautiful river, but very hard to figure out.
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Re: River out west

Postby wiktor911 » Nov Sun 08, 2015 5:23 pm

Snake!
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Re: River out west

Postby joetrain » Nov Sun 08, 2015 6:04 pm

Hey nice way to venture out. Good you caught some fish too. ~JOE~
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Re: River out west

Postby polishfly » Nov Sun 08, 2015 7:55 pm

2 snakes!
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Re: River out west

Postby rigmewacky » Nov Sun 08, 2015 8:45 pm

Always an adventure exploring new waters. Good stuff.
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Re: River out west

Postby Zenfish » Nov Sun 08, 2015 9:04 pm

Nice river journey and snake. Makes me want to try kayak camping.
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Re: River out west

Postby Hoffmanpikefisher » Nov Sun 08, 2015 9:10 pm

Nothing better than exploring new water, zen it's a lot of fun. Planning to do the Wisconsin river next year camping for a weekend.
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Re: River out west

Postby Skifish1 » Nov Sun 08, 2015 9:32 pm

Way to avoid the skunk , I think I recognize the spot where you took that pike :wink:

Better to explore instead of doing the same old same old even if the results are tough. As you experienced there is bigger water there and it would take many outings to figure the big rivers out its not easy as our suburban rivers. More volume and current and things get pushed less structure and you don't have the luxury of plentiful laydowns and twists and turns. Fish may be more dispersed but there is opportunity of some very big fish in big rivers like that.

Kudos for you to explore its not easy but it will payoff after a few years...
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Re: River out west

Postby Aux Pleins » Nov Mon 09, 2015 3:57 am

The mighty Rock. My childhood experience is dam fishing for cats on the Rock. But after seeing all the nice pike and smallmouth my buddy in Rockton catches has me thinking twice about which rivers in our state to travel too.
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