Spring is probably the most unpopular time for pike and zander anglers, because that’s when the popular predatory fish have their spawning season and thus also a closed season. In many waters, spinning with artificial bait or sitting fishing with bait fish is even completely prohibited. However, the closed seasons are a matter for the individual countries and vary greatly (see tables). However, the closed seasons or even bans on artificial bait are extended by the owners of fishing rights. Due to different climatic conditions and therefore different spawning times of our beloved predatory fish, this can also be reasonable. This article is about what you can do if you don’t want to give up spin fishing and predatory fishing.
1. Short trips to other federal states
Due to the inconsistent closed seasons, a short trip to another federal state or even to our neighbouring countries is a possibility not to do without fishing for pike and zander. Important: the closed seasons of some waters can always be extended and therefore it is worth checking before the trip how exact the closed seasons are on site:
2. sea trout in the south – sea trout and cod on the coast
Granted: Sea trout and sea trout are not easy fish to catch, but they offer a completely new challenge and at 8-12°C water temperature, sea trout in particular are extremely strong. On the coast, cods are also a welcome change and can always be hooked when spinning for sea trout.
3. spin fishing for brown trout
We continue with the salmonids: March to May are excellent months to bring the red-spotted beauties onto the scales with spinners and small plugs. Attention: in some federal states brown trout are spared until the end of April.
4. chubs: the secret robbers
Even though it is still really cold, chubs still bite artificial bait on many rivers, if this is allowed.
5. on catfish with worm
Catfish, with the exception of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Hamburg, have no legal closed seasons in
Germany and can be fished not only with bait fish but also with worms. Therefore (almost) nobody has to give up fishing for large predatory fish.
Perch are probably the most grateful predatory fish, so they bite all year round and often have no closed season. However, putting a big spawning perch back in April or May does not hurt anyone.
7. fishing holiday
As mentioned in the first point, a holiday is another opportunity to fish for your favourite fish. Pike and above all zander can be found elsewhere in Europe. But I personally prefer to go somewhere where there are more exotic fish for us to fish. After all, barracudas are not that unlike our pike, including nasty teeth.
8th eel for the hide and seek angler
From the end of March onwards, you can spend the nights in many places to try your hand at the meandering predatory fish. Also here you don’t run the risk of worms or bee maggots that a pike or pike-perch will take the bait. Especially the latter are an insider tip at the beginning of the season.
9. getting your gear in shape
tying the leaders, taking care of the reels, repairing rubber fish, stocking up on bait – there are many ways to do your favourite hobby outside the water.
10. to devote yourself to other things
This alternative has nothing to do with fishing but to devote yourself to something else for a few months or to take care of your social environment is of course also a way to pass the time. There are supposed to be other things besides fishing.
Fishing in spring: Target fish and the best places to fish
Biting times – the whole year on fish