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Discussion in 'Saginaw Bay and its Tributaries' started by GATORGETTER, Oct 16, 2020.
Thats probably the worst way to tell.
I think we just saw the primary reason for the reduced perch population!
Hell of a fish. Now if we could only teach them to eat nets.
Very nice! There are some big-ins out there to be had for sure.
I thought the same thing
Easiest way to tell is pike have a dark background with light spots. Musky have a light background with dark spots
Was probably caused from the line rubbing into the scales. Very common.
Could it be VHS virus ?? Fish bleed like that with the virus.
I caught two that were in tribs of Lake Michigan this summer that had quarter sized holes through the skin...and were bleeding. I am guessing sea lamprey ???
I didn’t see a fish there’s a guy holding a log! I myself have caught lots of stick pike! Lol!
Awesome! is that one of the trawlers everyone is worried about?
Ralph’s perch are disappearing buy the lbs with that thing out there!
That could be but it was on both sides of the fish and all along the body. I had never seen anything like that before. Don't get me wrong as I am not saying your statement is not true. It very well could be but I have just never seen it before and I have caught a lot of pike. Actually just about gave up fishing them when I realized there was a thing called walleye that started the same date.
I have seen it through the meat in a number of fish but had never seen it going through the scales. Could be like Trophy Specialist is saying. I just don't know and have never seen it in any fish prior or since.
VHS is "typically" in spring in a certain water temperature range. Not sure how prevalent it is in the bay but haven't heard much about it there. I've seen pike with "bleeding" spots but its usually in spring.
awesome fish for sure! Must have been 30lbs.
I'd have to see those. Must have been close to 40lbs at that size. Any pics?, or just fish stories...
I'd guess low 20#s. Probably 23. Maybe 25. Need a girth.