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Tip up fishing for pike

PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:07 pm
by NDhunter7
With the ice season approaching... what depth do you guys like to fish with your tip ups? and how high off the bottom? Ive heard everything from 6 inches off the bottom to 6 inches below the ice.

Re: Tip up fishing for pike

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:48 pm
by Niles Short
I rig a 8-12 inch wire leader with 2 trebles—one on the snap and another looped and threaded about the length of the other end of a large smelt—then about a foot of fireline [this is to keep the leader a ways from the one ounce sliding sinker and then a open ended barrel swivel—this all rigged like a funky lindy rig—fish it right on the bottom as you would cats. Spring or winter works perfect

Re: Tip up fishing for pike

PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:48 am
by NDhunter7
Thanks for the Input.
I have heard that you do not want to place your bait too close to the bottom because pike cannot look down but can only look forward and up. Therefor it is possible to have your bait too low and impossible to have your bait too high. Opinions?

Re: Tip up fishing for pike

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 11:39 am
by Nick Roehl
NDhunter7 wrote:Thanks for the Input.
I have heard that you do not want to place your bait too close to the bottom because pike cannot look down but can only look forward and up. Therefor it is possible to have your bait too low and impossible to have your bait too high. Opinions?


That's not true. Pike will shovel bait right off the bottom. But it's never a bad idea to set multiple tip ups at different depths. Some days they will be hugging the bottom other they are taking them 3 ft. off the bottom.

Re: Tip up fishing for pike

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:39 pm
by Sask hunter
I usually fish for them like picks, just a few inches off the bottom. With that being said up here I usually have the tip ups set about 6" off the bottom and have a jigging rod about 2" off the bottom

Re: Tip up fishing for pike

PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:14 pm
by NDhunter7
Thanks for the help guys

Re: Tip up fishing for pike

PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:40 am
by Niles Short
try a heavy egg sinker [half to one oz] and I jimmy a quick set outfit with 2 trebles tied to a 10-12 inch steel leader--hooks about 6-9 inchs apart. myself right on the bottom, unless weeds are present. As in the summer-same in the winter edges, weather depth or weeds-structure. Run several lines in a pattern trying different depths. The fish will tell you what they want. Then concentrate in the area with most activity