Awesome fish Esox. Small shiner. 7 acre pond. Love it!
SuspendedMusky-Those are some pretty hefty pike. Off the charts! Interesting results from your northern vs. southern zone data.
About up north pressure, just to be clear, I think a "little" pressure can be a good thing. Not a lot of pressure. Just enough to thin things out. When I say "weedy" lakes, I'm not referring to lakes that are completely choked. Just lakes that have a weed presence. Plenty of lakes up north have virtually no weeds. It's those 100 acre lakes in the woods that are shaped like bowls with big drop offs and crystal clear water. Not very pikey. But, sometimes a couple of big pike are in there. But, very hard to find. And, certainly not pike in numbers.
N.Pike guy-So true about the U.P. The 24 inch 2 fish limit is more effective than the 5 fish no size limit we have in northern Wisconsin. It does make a big difference. I would agree. But, it's also true that the U.P receives very little pressure in most cases.
I do find that not many up here target pike in the summer. But, in the winter, lots do and very few CPR.
In southern Wisconsin, many of my biggest pike came in shallow water situations. These types of water would likely freeze out in northern Wisconsin and have too much snow on top to provide any light. So, they don't really exist up here unless a strong current goes through them. Southern Wi can afford waters 6 feet deep to survive the winter, and pike often thrive in those situations. Especially if carp are around. Those carp really seem to fatten up the pike. And, those pike were very accessible to me compared to a 30 foot deep lake that I often see up here.
Great thoughts everyone. Love hearing your thoughts and especially your experiences. Nobody can argue with somebodies personal experience.