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Clinton River - Dodge Park 3-5-10

#1 User is offline   river rat78 

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:22 PM

Before heading out to the spillway damn I made a trip to Anglers Point for some rapala's for myself and my neighbor. Can't beat 50% off. Got to the spillway at around 2:30 and saw that it was iced up below the dam all the way to the lake and about 50' above the dam. I was hoping that it would of been melted since we had a few nice days in the 40's. Heard that guys catch pike at dodge park in late spring so I decided to try there. Made 1 cast on the south side of the river and decided to try the north side cause there was a spot with less trees in the way. Made my first cast on that side and bamn a pike hit. I had to measure it and it was exactly 24" so on the stringer it went. Made a few more casts and tried a few feet downstream and nothing. Went back to the other side of the river and tried a few casts and had a small pike around 18-24" chase my lure up close but never hit. Was cool to see though. Pike was caught on a 4 1/2" long A jointed bomber in the firetiger color. Going to try again tomorrow for either some more Pike or Steelies. Either way it will be a beautiful day.

This post has been edited by ice fishing newb: 05 March 2010 - 10:53 PM

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:51 PM

Great Job man.

Sorry i got to do this...............

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Dam-a barrier to obstruct the flow of water, esp. one of earth, masonry, etc., built across a stream or river.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:52 PM

nice job on the pike i live 1 mile from the park what time will you be down their tomorrow?where you down by riverland or heiratge park.good luck
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Posted 05 March 2010 - 11:02 PM

QUOTE(greensmoke @ Mar 5 2010, 10:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
nice job on the pike i live 1 mile from the park what time will you be down their tomorrow?where you down by riverland or heiratge park.good luck



Im not too familiar with Dodge park but according to the map on google its Dodge Brothers State Park. Its where Utica Rd and Dodge Park meet with the volleyball courts, basketball court, and the recreation center. If I do decide to try there again it will probably be around 9 after I eat breakfast and get ready. If not I might try for some steelies down by yates since I live about 2 miles from there.
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Posted 06 March 2010 - 03:06 PM

QUOTE(ice fishing newb @ Mar 5 2010, 11:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(greensmoke @ Mar 5 2010, 10:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
nice job on the pike i live 1 mile from the park what time will you be down their tomorrow?where you down by riverland or heiratge park.good luck



Im not too familiar with Dodge park but according to the map on google its Dodge Brothers State Park. Its where Utica Rd and Dodge Park meet with the volleyball courts, basketball court, and the recreation center. If I do decide to try there again it will probably be around 9 after I eat breakfast and get ready. If not I might try for some steelies down by yates since I live about 2 miles from there.



what kind of lure do you use for steelies?
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Posted 06 March 2010 - 10:12 PM

Went to the Clinton River today and pulled out 2 pike in 1hours worth of fishing. Both pike were over 20+ inches. Ive been catching pike this time of the year in the river for over 8years. I use a suspender diver rapala, glass perch color, Pike cant resist that color this time of the year.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 10:53 AM

Looks like fun!

Slow retrieves near cover, I take it?


The Clinton's bit far away from me, but I did read a report from a guy who said he caught a few upper 30s pike in the Rouge, and the pics certainly looked like the Rouge.
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Posted 07 March 2010 - 01:09 PM

QUOTE(gimmeteeth @ Mar 7 2010, 10:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Looks like fun!

Slow retrieves near cover, I take it?


The Clinton's bit far away from me, but I did read a report from a guy who said he caught a few upper 30s pike in the Rouge, and the pics certainly looked like the Rouge.

just finding deep holes with a slow current. run a suspender through with a slow retrieve is the trick
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 03:26 AM

Makes sense. Suspending baits and unweighted plastics work great slow.
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 02:42 PM

I have lived near this river all my life (right by Riverland Park), but would have never guess to try fishing for pike.

I know the Steelies run through there but again would have never guessed to try for pike. Might have to try it...
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Posted 08 March 2010 - 05:10 PM

i have even seen guys pull walleyes out of the clinton river by yates
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 09:18 AM

i was in dodge park on monday and caught a thirty two inch northern out there silver rattle traps are the answer i lost two of them in the park one was to a pike in the 40 to 45 inch range
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 08:22 PM

Heres a picture of my 29" 5lb 2oz pike and a picture of the 29" and 24" on a stinger as I get ready to leave.

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Posted 10 March 2010 - 08:48 PM

definitely a good meal. good job!
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Posted 10 March 2010 - 09:04 PM

pike r in there for a reason and thats to spawn, Catch them, even take a pic if u wanna but my vote is to let them go. They only spawn for a few weeks throughout the park and i believe they should be left in there and ppl should wait to keep them till after there done doing there thing.
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