Spring pike fishing
In mid-April the first pike start to prepare for the spring season. The spawning season is over and, apart from autumn, the best time to catch pike begins. “The most pious cannot live in peace if the wicked neighbour does not like it”, this verbally horned saying by Schiller, can be written on the pike rod in spring. Pike have a real ravenous hunger after the long winter and the completed spawning season. So the pike, one bay further on, can become a snack in between.
Behaviour of the pike in spring
It sounds strange that the pike goes hunting immediately after spawning. Surely he should be exhausted from the exhausting spawning season? The opposite is the case. Especially the females have an unquenchable hunger and are accordingly aggressive. Bigger fish are not wilder than small pike. But few anglers will ever forget the feeling of having a big pike on their hook. It has nothing to do with the fine plucking at the lure, which the predator does there in the water. He grabs aggressively and acts like a dervish once he’s on the hook. The fact that he makes no difference between predatory and peaceful fish plays into our cards, gives us the opportunity to test all kinds of lures.
Which lures are best suited for pike fishing in spring?
While you use the rather sluggish rubber fish as bait in winter, the bait – just like the behaviour of the predatory fish – changes in spring. Opinions about the perfect pike lure differ. Some swear by spoons, others may stick to the rubber fish. The latter is useful in deeper waters or in the transition area to shallow waters. But in medium deep to shallow waters, it’s the spoon that the pike “loves”. The pike ladies are extremely hungry and in search of masses of small prey fish. In this case it makes sense to mount lures between seven and eleven centimetres long on the steel leader. In spring, however, there is also a good chance of particularly large lumps. If you want to try it with the really big pike, the lure can be bigger. It is interesting to note that the most successful lures are those that resemble the pike’s nature. Loud and restless they have to bounce through the water. This attracts attention and arouses the hunting instinct.
Which lure colours work well in spring?
Opinions on which colours are the best vary widely. This is partly dependent on where you fish in the lake. The pike is clever, but it is also greedy. When the spring sun reflects the blinker, it’s hard to keep it, while artificial lures in less gaudy colours are interesting for it. There are different approaches here. All this allows only one conclusion: the main focus should not be on the colours. It is more effective to change the type of lure to lure the pike out of its hiding place. The different movement patterns of the lure, increase the probability of getting one of the kings of the freshwater lakes on the hook considerably. Pike fishing always means experimenting a bit.
Spring pike bite times
While pike hunt in summer, in the early morning and evening hours, in spring they are on the prowl all day long. It has a voracious appetite and the preferred prey fish are small in April or May. Since the water is not yet quite so heated and the sun does not blind him in the upwardly directed eyes, his activities are less focused on the early or late hours. This does not mean that there is no prey to be caught then. In spring the pike is a real eating machine and always looking for the next appetizer.
Spring locations: Where are the pike?
The predatory fish, the pike, looks for more than just fish for peace, like bream or roach. As one of the few cannibals in the animal kingdom, it also does not stop at its conspecifics. This is also the reason why pike usually have their own fixed territory. Spring, however, is the time of migration. It orientates itself towards the warmer areas of its waters. Where the peaceful fish stand and spawn. It follows the shoals to the shore, because the water is warmest there. The chance of landing one of the beautiful predators even in the shallow, murky waters increases. Off we go – Petri Heil