This spring has been a strange one indeed weather wise. We are finally getting some winter weather and the ice is starting to come off of some of our mountain lakes that hold pike. With all this cold weather I anticipate a phenomenal ice out pike bite.
There are several things that I try to focus on while chasing these predators when the water is cold and the biggest one is speed, or lack there of. Many anglers struggle with working their presentations too fast this time of year. While pike are certainly voracious feeders, but sometimes they just want an easy meal. Suspending jerkbaits and tube jigs are a staple this time of year and don't be afraid to take your time on your retrieves.
The other thing I focus on is fishing the areas that warm up the fastest. Shallow bays and flats are a my focal points and I will fish them very thoroughly. Pike this time of year don't move long distances to chase their food like they do when the water warms up.
I will spend alot of time trolling this spring becuase I want my baits to stay in the strike zone as long as possible and serve my lures to these pike on a platter, right to their dinner table.
My weekends are filling up quickly so if you are interested in a guided trip email me @ email@example.com .
Hope to see you on the water and please try to practice catch and release on trophy fish. Everyone deserves a crack at one!