They are telling us a major reason why we are not allowed to catch and keep pike right now is because some people might target walleye under the guise of fishing for pike.
As our DNR has told us, pike populations in the central portion of this state are having a detrimental impact on walleye populations. The pike are out of control eating up as many of those precious little walleye's as they can and the DNR finds that acceptable because they can't have a few people targeting walleye's out of season that would be released.
C'mon DNR, get your head out of your ass!!!
If anything pike being closed makes keeping the bass fishing season closed enforceable. It is the position of this blog that there should not be a closed season for pike in the central portion of this state, period! Lets get the hammer handle issue under control because that is a real problem. People catching and releasing some incidentally caught bass and walleye while targeting pike would be a rather small problem by comparison.