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How to Catch Pike in Spring

Areas in a lake where snowmelt flows into are good spots to catch trophy pike. (Photo courtesy of Dan Johnson)
Areas in a lake where snowmelt flows into are good spots to catch trophy pike. (Photo courtesy of Dan Johnson)

Learn various methods for prime time pike fishing

Spring is prime time for pike. The prespawn and postspawn periods offer excellent odds at catching giants, along with oodles of feisty fish from the teens down to snot-rocket proportions. From before ice-out until pike begin to disperse to their summer locations, a variety of timely patterns are effective.

In the early stages of the season, pike move into tributaries, bays and connected sloughs, often while ice cloaks the main lake. As In-Fisherman has detailed over the past four decades on fisheries across the U.S. and Canada, pike spawn when water temperatures inch upward into the mid-40ºF range. Depending on the body of water and weather patterns, spawning may occur prior to or just after ice leaves the main lake.

Targeting pike in funnel areas that focus their movement boosts your odds for a hookup. Everything from major structure such as channel edges, points and old weedlines to more subtle underwater guideposts like minor depth changes is worth checking.

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