Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle

24.0 in. Northern Pike caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 09/14/12

Posted by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle Expert Member over 7 years ago

24.0 in. Northern Pike caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 09/14/12
24.0" Northern Pike caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing on Friday September 14, 2012 at 18:30 near Walled Lake in Oakland County, Michigan (MI), United States North America using a ½ oz white or black roostertail w/silver blade a In-Line Spinner by Rooster Tail (Worden's)

Fished for one and a half hours on Walled Lake getting ready for the fall feed. As I had a short amount of time before dark, I focussed on refining what was already working in my prior post, same area, same technique. The water temperature has now fallen to 70 F.

It seems fall is truly on its way – I went 1 for 2 on smallmouth bass (shown on prior post) with a 13 incher and caught 9 small northern pike. The largest pike was about 24 inches (shown here) , the rest between 12 and 18 inches (to be posted next).

As I had noted on last weeks posts, with the water level so low I am having to make extremely long casts. I am finding it also means that the fish within casting distance of shore may not be as large, but they seem to be grouped tighter. These fish were grouped between a very shallow weedbed and point. I also think I lost that smallmouth at the net because with these long casts my 12# fluorocarbon has too much stretch and I am not getting a solid hookset. I dropped to 12# from 15# so I could make longer casts – so I am getting bit, but my landing efficiency is dropping. I am thinking of changing to braid or another superline on my baitcasting rigs.

Anyhow, I noticed there was a hatch of sometime happening, as insects kept swarming me and dimpled the surface of the water. Gulls were diving and picking up baitfish, and I actually caught a fish every 10 -15 minutes while casting between these features and found what amounted to schooling pike. One fish came from right under where a gull had just dove!

The fish hit right up until the last orange highlights of the sun left the surface of the water. All fish were caught on a ½ oz white or black roostertail with silver blade. The color did not seem to matter as much as casting to the exact location between the lake features, roughly about the width of a two-lane road. Everyone should know, that just because you have a short amount of time at the end of the day, you should not pass the opportunity to wet your line because the fish may just be waiting for you!

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Fishing report - 18.0 in. Northern Pike caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 09/14/12 Fishing report - 13.0 in. Smallmouth Bass caught by Willard Gage @ Watershed Tackle fishing in Michigan on 09/14/12
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