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This summer I have moved to a small reservoir.It is about 200 yards wide and about a mile long. It is full of Northerns. I have

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  • This summer I have moved to a small reservoir.It is about 200 yards wide and about a mile long. It is full of Northerns. I have

    This summer I have moved to a small reservoir.It is about 200 yards wide and about a mile long. It is full of Northerns. I have caught a couple at about 8 lbs. a piece and a lot of smaller ones. I use a small canoe to fish in. There is a main channel that runs through it thats about 10 feet deep and to the sides there are shollows full of weeds. On more than one occasion I have paddled through these thick weedy areas and came across northerns close together and close to the surface. I am talking about 10 of them within 20 feet of each other. And when they get spooked,they splash loudly and I can see their backs and tails. Yesterday, 2 of hit the bottom of my canoe when I spooked them. But my question is, why are these northerns packing together? I thought they were solitary fish that stayed alone. I find this behavior different than what I have read of these fish. Are they hunting together? This is happening on a small river in Wisconsin.

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    I have no idea why they appear to be schooling. But I would love to join you with my canoe and have a pike fishing tournament. By the way do you enjoy pickled northern pike? I think it's amazing. I miss it as I don't have pike down here.

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      I have not seen these Northerns in this spot again, I do a lot of casting there with a Daredevle and not even a bite there. Must have been rare occurances. I love pickled Northern, I have some friends who's mom would pickle them, but mostly the small ones. I filet all mine that I catch.

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