Pike and bass live well together, both large and smallmouth....heck, pike eat bass as they are not a spiny challenge a gill is....many of the best bass lakes are also the best pike lakes. Delevan, geneva, and green bay are just a few examples. Shallow lakes may not produce the giant pike, but thats due to big pike being cold water creatures that tend to grow biggest in deeper lakes (or with cold springs or creeks running in. Those deeper lakes won't have numbers, but the pike get big (oconomowoc for example). Shallower lakes warm too much and give pike less of an opportunity to grow large, but small fish often boom.
Not to mention the HUGE numbers of big pike that are caught and kept every winter through the ice. Its the sole reason I don't look at the pic thread in the winter! My opinion is that ice fishing is perhaps the worse thing that happens for pike, as they are frequently fished with trebles on a tip-up. I really do LOVE big pike, but I think overharvest of large pike is the single biggest hurdle these esoconids face, certainly not bass.
Walleye struggle in a lot of areas because they are very often stocked into lakes NOT conducive for them. Many "walleye" lakes either have no natural reproduction or so little that its hardly self sustaining. I don't think its realistic to think your going to have a whole bunch of spectacular put and take walleye fisheries. Its also not realistic to stock them in waters that already have an abundance of LMB (but it happens all the time). Reason is that LMB reside in the exact same areas that walleye fry need to hide in to reach adulthood. LMB predation of walleye fry is ridiculous, nearing 100% in some cases. You never hear, maybe we shouldn't put them here...instead the NATIVE largemouth population is blamed as if its the bass' fault!
SMB on the other hand, prefer nearly the same habitat as eyes and pike, and are also KNOWN to live well together.
Walleye also aren't exactly a species likely to be released by most anglers (probably a higher percentage kept of any fish in the state IMO). The number of lakes with NATIVE walleye populations is a fraction of the lakes currently holding them.
Walleye do best in oligitrophic (younger, rockier hard bottom), and struggle mightily in competition with largemouth when they live together in eutrophic (older, weedy, soft bottom) lakes). Every lake in the world will eventually become eutrophic in due time and will therefore, no longer be good walleye habitat. Much of the public could care less whether a body of water is conducive to eyes, they just want to catch them, regardless.
Bottom line, not all lakes are prime for pike, especially trophies, and just the same, not all lakes provide the best walleye habitat....but just about every lake IS conducive to a bass.
[This post was last edited on 5/21/13 at 4:46 PM]