2017-09-21 / Outdoors

Perch biting — and so are Lime Lake pike


MIKE SHIMEK of Maple City landed this 40-inch, 20-pound northern pike last week in Lime Lake. MIKE SHIMEK of Maple City landed this 40-inch, 20-pound northern pike last week in Lime Lake. When it comes to catching — as opposed to hooking — big northern pike, you’re better off if they don’t swallow your lure.

That’s the only way Mike Shimek was able to land a 40-inch, 20-pound northern last week on Lime Lake.

“I got him right on the lip,” explained Shimek, who was using a downrigger to get a lure to the lake’s bottom in 65 feet of water. Toothy pike break even 20-pound test line attached to baits and lures caught deep in their mouths.

He was trolling for brown trout, but instead caught about 20 legal smallmouth bass — and the pike.

The bass he released; the pike he kept to fillet and cut into small chunks, boil in salted water, then dip in butter.

“They’re just like lobster,” said Shimek, who already has a pike of about the same size mounted that he caught 40 years ago in Lake Michigan near the Homestead.

He was strolling three lines at depths of 65, 40 and 35 feet, with hopes of catching a brown or maybe one of the inland salmon known to reside in Lime Lake.

Shimek called his son Sam Shimek, who also lives in the Maple City area, to meet him at the dock on Lime Lake to snap a photo.

A retired educator who taught downstate, Shimek is a 1977 graduate of Glen Lake Community Schools who has new-found time for one of his passions — fishing. He plies Leelanau County waters three or so times a week. He and his wife, Mary — also a retired teacher — own and operate the Bohemian Lavender Farm.

Shimek reports that some big perch are hitting now on Lime Lake and Glen Lake — and really across the county, including the southern end of Lake Leelanau. His preferred perch bait are small chunks of shrimp.

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