Monday, April 30, 2007

Pounded by Pike!

Pounded by Pike!
Northern numbers on the rise

I wanted to take a moment to add this short posting about our Walleye Season Opener at Houghton Lake. I enjoy fishing Houghton Lake very much have fished this lake for over 20 years now. I have noticed an increase in the amount of small northern pike over the last few years. For anglers headed to the lake be prepared to see high numbers of Northern Pike.

We track our daily fish numbers and generate productivity ratios and trend forecasts for each lake we fish in Michigan. Northern numbers in Houghton Lake have been on the rise see our Ratios listed below for 2005 – 2007.

Average ( Pike to Walleye ) on the line count.
2005 – 15 to 1
2006 – 20 to 1
2007 – Starting ( over 70 Northern Pike first day )

Our rule of thumb ratio for 2006 was 20 to 1 – so we averaged about 20 northern pike to one walleye on the lines as we averaged the daily fish count during 2006.

This year we found a significant increase of small Northern Pike on April 28th we caught and released over 70 pike. We DID NOT catch a legal pike and most fish averaged in the 18 – 20 inch range. This will be good for future anglers and will keep people busy as they fish for Walleye.

Make a point to Get Outdoors!