As it turns out, it is really possible to catch pike with hot dogs as bait, as many anglers have managed to catch plenty of fish on them, both on the ice and in open water. Most commonly, they are fished using tip-ups through the ice and slip bobber rigs during the rest of the year.
When ice fishing for northern pike, braided line is your absolute best choice. Braid has virtually no stretch to it, it lets you feel every little movement the fish makes, and it has a high abrasion resistance, which is crucial when fishing through ice holes.
Minnesota’s big lakes are well-known for their extremely good ice fishing opportunities and with a little luck, you can catch both plenty and really big bluegill, crappies, perch, walleye, and northern pike.
In order to be able to safely land your ice pike, you either need a strong fluorocarbon leader of about 50-60lb or a titanium wire leader of about 25-30lb. Both leaders have good abrasion resistance and will be able to handle the ice hole’s sharp edges, even under hard pressure.
In order for you to enjoy that hot cup of coffee while ice fishing, you will need a high-quality vacuum thermos that can keep the liquid that is inside of it warm for many hours.
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