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    How prevelant are the pike and are they fairly wide spread through out Alaska? I hear a little bit about them but I do not see too many people who seem to chase them much. Also how big do you see them up there?

    There is nothing better than pickeled pike. mm... mmmm.

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    Pike are pretty common in western, interior, and south central AK. I don't know about SE AK. I'm not certain just how far north their range goes, but I believe there are good numbers in the waters around Kotzebue. As for size, there are quite a few 40"+ fish out there.

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    Sloughs off the Yukon and Innoko rivers hold 30# pike. You have to be in the interior or west/northwest if you want a big fish.
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    The record talkers think the next world record might come out of Alaska.

    My goal is to beat pike_palace to it.

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    now that has me excited. I have not got to fish pike since I lived in MN 20 years ago. We only have the planted tiger musky here in WA and I am not going towaste my time for the lottery. Tougher to catch one than a musky in the filled lakes of WI.

    Any how I was wondering about it because I would here a little something now and then about it. When I was out in MN my aunt would pickel pike in a gallon jar for about a week in the refrigerator. I could finnish off one of those jars in a couple days if I wasn,t paying attention.

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    Default Well...

    Quote Originally Posted by WaterWolf View Post
    The record talkers think the next world record might come out of Alaska.
    In 2003, a 40#+++ Pike (So it was estimated) was netted in Alexander Lake, measured, had some other biological studies stuff done and released. It would have been a new state record and one of the biggest pike every documented in North America.
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    My record was 47" in a popular valley lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterWolf View Post
    The record talkers think the next world record might come out of Alaska.

    Aren't there like 100+ pound pike in europe? Maybe there are seperate categories for NA pike and European pike, same species, different continents
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK2AZ View Post
    My record was 47" in a popular valley lake.

    Let me guess, Redshirt, Nancy or Memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    Aren't there like 100+ pound pike in europe? Maybe there are seperate categories for NA pike and European pike, same species, different continents
    Legend has it there used to be that big of pike in Europe, but that is pretty much an old wifes tale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pike_palace View Post
    Let me guess, Redshirt, Nancy or Memory.
    Within that circle of swamp...PM me and I`ll fill you in.

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    Not sure of the weight but i caught a 52" pike off the Yukon a few years ago.

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    52" pike

    She was big thats fer sure!!!!!!

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    Klickitat,
    If I remember correctly, you were headed for the Tok area. There's a bit of Pike fishing there. I am sure the locals there will fill you in.

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    You have a recipie you'd share for the pickled pike? There are plenty of pike in the 40" range in the Minto Flats area.
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    Hey fishin, weren't you just getting on me for talking about Minto?????

    Oh give me a call. For some reason I can't call you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pike_palace View Post
    Legend has it there used to be that big of pike in Europe, but that is pretty much an old wifes tale.
    I read something about them being bigger in Europe on average in like an in fisherman pike fishing book... Weird
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Default On the Fly?

    don't mean to thread-jack, but...
    Does anyone use a flyrod for pike? I have in Colorado and knew some others there that did. And if you do what flies do you prefer to use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by watcher View Post
    don't mean to thread-jack, but...
    Does anyone use a flyrod for pike? I have in Colorado and knew some others there that did. And if you do what flies do you prefer to use?
    It's my absolute favorite way to catch pike!!! I usually use Dhalberg Divers. As soon as the ice goes out you'll find me in 3 feet of water sight casting them.

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    Here is how my Aunt used to do it. This will work with any white fish.

    Pike or other white fish cut into 1" squares.

    Gallon Jar or other glass jar.

    1 gallon of water
    1 quart white vinegar
    1 quart apple cider vinegar

    1 cup sugar
    1 half cup salt

    1 large onion (I like two) sliced
    2 cloves garlic sliced thin.
    1 table spoon of pickling spice

    heat water,disolve the sugar and salt into the water. Turn off heat when disolved and add onions, garlic and pickling spice. Add both vinegars and let rest while you pack a gollon jar. DO NOT PACK TOO TIGHT.


    While brine is resting layer the jar alternating fish and onions until full. I also like a few hot peppers in mine for a bit of a kick.

    Once the jar is packed then fill the jar with brine.

    Put the jar in the refridgerator and 24-48 hours later the fish will have been turned opaque. It is now ready to eat.

    You can adjust the spices to suit your taste. I have played with the recipe a little by adding hot peppers but for the most part like it the way my aunt makes it.

    I hope you enjoy. BTW if you try this, let me know what you think.

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