View Poll Results: What's the best pound for pound fighting fish under the ice?

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  • Rainbow Trout/Steelhead

    4 25.00%
  • Lake Trout

    7 43.75%
  • Arctic Char

    0 0%
  • Landlocked Salmon

    0 0%
  • Northern Pike

    4 25.00%
  • Sheefish

    1 6.25%
  • Burbot

    0 0%
  • Walleye (Out of State)

    0 0%
  • Largemouth/Smallmouth Bass (Out of State)

    0 0%
  • Brown Trout/Brook Trout or Other (Out of State)

    0 0%
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Thread: What's the best pound for pound fighter under ice?

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    Default What's the best pound for pound fighter under ice?

    What's the best pound for pound fighting fish under the ice?

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    Member DRIFTER_016's Avatar
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    Lake trout #1 for me but big pike come in close behind.

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    I've caught hundreds of large lakers through the ice and although pound for pound a Rainbow, landlocked Salmon or others out fight them, few get anywhere near the size or live as long.
    They are the ultimate Coldwater predator to ice fish for.
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    if all the fish were the same size,, Rainbow hand down the best one SID

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    lake trout are best for me

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    Lake trout for their size, rainbows for their speed, pike for their ferocity, but the strongest fish I've fought under the ice would be a great lakes sturgeon.
    "The North wind is cold no matter what direction it's blowing"

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    Sheefish...!

    Definitely a laker, makes some guys I know vomit. HAHA!
    You know your not catching any fish when you start talking about the weather...


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    The question was pound for pound. Yes, a 20# lake trout will outfight most other fish you catch through the ice. Its also a lot bigger than most other fish you catch. So take a 2 pound lake trout, a 2 pound rainbow trout, and a 2 pound dolly/arctic char, as well as 2 pounds in any of the other species mentioned. Having caught many fish in that range, I'd say the rainbow almost without exception is the hardest fighter, and not by just a nose. I would put burbot, pike, and out of state, walleye, at the bottom of the heap. Now lets say 8 pounds; I think the top three alaskan fighters are char and rainbows, so again take rainbow, dolly/arctic char, and lake trout; which one will give you the hardest fight. They will be different styles, but I think the rainbow will still be the hardest fighting. The char species will be more of a take line out on a sustained run to the bottom, then turn and come back till they see the hole, then rip off line to the bottom again, and do this a few times till they are tired enough to turn into the hole. The rainbow will make screaming fast runs in all directions, and be very unpredictable in where it will go and when it will decide to run.

    Remember, the question is pound for pound, not average fish.

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