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Old 03-15-2021, 11:15 AM   #1
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"Northern Pike"

We've owned our home in Tupper Lake now for about 5 years now. Have spent time in the Adirondacks for decades now. I recently bought a used Lund 1725 tiller boat. Looking for some helpful advice for pike fishing. And yes.....I'm in search of the big ones.

Any help or advice would be helpful. Have no problem trailering to close by water if needed.

Any help would be appreciated. If a public forum isn't the way to go. Just PM me. And if you'd like to join me let me know!

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Old 03-15-2021, 12:46 PM   #2
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We've owned our home in Tupper Lake now for about 5 years now. Have spent time in the Adirondacks for decades now. I recently bought a used Lund 1725 tiller boat. Looking for some helpful advice for pike fishing. And yes.....I'm in search of the big ones.

Any help or advice would be helpful. Have no problem trailering to close by water if needed.

Any help would be appreciated. If a public forum isn't the way to go. Just PM me. And if you'd like to join me let me know!

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When I was a kid we used to stay on Lower Saranac. There was an older guy who used to have me catch perch for him. In the late afternoon he would go to the end of the dock and put a large perch on a hook and throw it out under a huge bobber. The perch would swim around and he would smoke his pipe and just watch. More often than not he would get a nice Northern. Other than that I don't know much about pike fishing.
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Old 03-15-2021, 12:52 PM   #3
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Tupper Lake has very large pike as does Cranberry Lake. Tupper is loaded with smelt which provides good forage for the Walleye, Northern, and Lake Trout. Every year someone seems to pull a Northern out of Cranberry ice fishing that approaches the 20 lb mark. Not sure how it fishes otherwise.
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Old 03-15-2021, 01:05 PM   #4
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Thanks guys responding.

My home is on Simond Pond. Familiar with the smelt in Tupper which is good and bad. Big fish that are challenging to catch. With as many small Pike they catch during the yearly tournament, would you believe there would be some larger ones worth trolling for around me? Not afraid to invest the time!

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Old 03-15-2021, 02:26 PM   #5
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The Raquette River from Tupper on up to the rapids is great Pike fishing. Cast along the shoreline.
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Old 03-15-2021, 05:25 PM   #6
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The Raquette River from Tupper on up to the rapids is great Pike fishing. Cast along the shoreline.

Thank you Jim, I will certainly try that!
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Old 03-16-2021, 12:18 PM   #7
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For what it's worth, I've caught some nice pike in Stony Creek ponds and Middle Saranac Lake. I used to lead a lot of post-graduation canoe trips for colleges and found myself in those locations quite often. Always good pike fishing after dinner when the day's chores had been cared for. My guess is you'll still find it that way unless something horrific has occurred in those waters. A #2 gold bladed Mepps kept me happy for hours.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.

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Old 03-16-2021, 12:37 PM   #8
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For what it's worth, I've caught some nice pike in Stony Creek ponds and Middle Saranac Lake. I used to lead a lot of post-graduation canoe trips for colleges and found myself in those locations quite often. Always good pike fishing after dinner when the day's chores had been cared for. My guess is you'll still find it that way unless something horrific has occurred in those waters. A #2 gold bladed Mepps kept me happy for hours.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time...be well.

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Thank you Snapper! I take a ride over this spring and check it out. Be well also.

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Old 03-16-2021, 12:41 PM   #9
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Would anyone have thoughts about trolling or casting Simond. With so many smaller Pike being caught with upwards of a 1000 guys and snowmobiles on the ice during the tournament the big boys should be there too.......? Maybe seeking refuge with all the footsteps. Lol

Trying to learn and shorten the curve.

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Old 03-16-2021, 02:56 PM   #10
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Thank you Jim, I will certainly try that!
A nice day trip would be to motor up the bottom of the rapids and then drift back with the current casting as you go.
Very relaxing, beautiful scenery.
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Old 03-16-2021, 04:02 PM   #11
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Tupper Lake has very large pike as does Cranberry Lake. Tupper is loaded with smelt which provides good forage for the Walleye, Northern, and Lake Trout. Every year someone seems to pull a Northern out of Cranberry ice fishing that approaches the 20 lb mark. Not sure how it fishes otherwise.
I've seen the efforts of DEC to maintain those monsters, loads of stocked trout at the boat launch, pooled together in shock deciding their next move!
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Old 03-16-2021, 05:55 PM   #12
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I always have decent luck casting big spoons like red and white daredevils
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Old 03-16-2021, 07:40 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the input!
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Where is PikeBuster when we need him? I believe he was deployed overseas some time ago.
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Old 03-21-2021, 09:15 AM   #15
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My goal for this year is to catch a Northern on a Fly!!
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Old 03-22-2021, 10:07 AM   #16
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I don't do much pike fishing, and most that I catch are on bass lures and not intentional, including topwater plugs. A friend of mine uses orange spinnerbaits, another uses white, for pike. So try casting those colors near summer lily pads.

An old-timer told me to use big lures for big fish when chasing Durant tiger muskies. It worked and I hooked one a few summers ago on a big perch imitation top-water bait that I was dragging behind my kayak. I lost the fish at the boat, but it was exciting.
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Old 03-22-2021, 05:33 PM   #17
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looking forward to getting out there this year. Plan on spending a decent amount of time on the water. Is it true the Tupper has a population of Tigers too? Someone told me that.
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Old 03-22-2021, 10:12 PM   #18
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Used to catch pike using Rappala floating plugs on Crooked Creek which is a tributary of St Lawrence many moons ago. But Glenn's idea is a good one with a little variation. Attach a good weight to the bottom of your line. About four feet up tie another line to the original line with a hook at the end of it. Use a bluegill or perch and hook it through the tail. It will swim in a circle around the main line. Since bigger fish eat smaller fish head first a pike will especially be attracted to this rig especially bigger pike. If you catch and release use a cradle if you can. A bite from a pike can do damage to you hand so if you plan on keeping the fish you may want to dispatch it with a club. I used to use part of an oar handle when I planned to eat them but mostly I just let them go. I used a very large net. This was in the St Lawrence at a time when Sturgeon were plentiful. Long ago memories. Good luck.
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Old 03-23-2021, 06:28 AM   #19
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looking forward to getting out there this year. Plan on spending a decent amount of time on the water. Is it true the Tupper has a population of Tigers too? Someone told me that.

I dont think tupper has a population of Tigers per say, however they have been caught there. Tigers are found in Horseshoe lake and some have been known to make it out and down the river to tupper.
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Old 03-24-2021, 08:58 AM   #20
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Have a pair of needle nose pliers with you, whether you intend to keep or release the fish. Northerns are some of the best eating fish out there. Some people don't like them because of all the Y bones, but there's a filleting method to get rid of them
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