So you thought you had to go to Canada
monster Northern Pike? I
until today that is. Tucked
is a gem of a lake known to the locals as Red Willow because of the red
trees that line the shoreline but it is officially named Hugh Butler
lake, and our guide, hold
the State Record for Wipers at a little over 20 pounds.
However, there is another fish in this lake
that get as much attention or more – and that is the Northern
In all my years of Canadian pike
fishing I never wandered far from the shoreline and I always stayed in
water. But our
guide, Steve Lytle, knows
far better that if you want a trophy – then go looking for
them on your fish
finder in deep water where there is some structure.
I’m used to scoping a bass on the
where the blips leave you wandering if there really is a fish down
there. When Steve
Lytle locates a northern pike 20
feet below you almost need a wider screen.
We hooked into 7 monsters in our 2
hours of fishing for big Northerns and we landed three of them between
12 pounds. The
other two hours were
spent fishing for light tackle fish where we caught walleye and white
didn’t have the good fortune
this day of netting a huge Red Willow Wiper but I’m sure if
we had the time for
a few more hours Steve would have found them.
So, the next time you’re
complaining about that long drive across Kansas
– take a break – give Steve Lytle
a call – and spend a day in Canada
– “Nebraska Style”.
Although we did not want to leave
the water today we knew we were facing a 480 mile drive to Gunnison,
where we would begin our West Coast Swing tomorrow morning.