Pike-perch fishing in spring
Rising temperatures in spring also mean increased activity of fish in warmer water, and the active search for food slowly starts again. Before the spawning and closed season of pike-perch in April, there is another chance of a capital catch in March. The chances of catching a big spring pikeperch are not bad. The prerequisite is that the hotspots are known and the appropriate baits are used.
How zander behave in spring
In spring, zander are particularly fond of the warmer water areas. Deeper layers of water are often still quite cold, so that even capital specimens can be found in shallow water. The colder the temperatures, the more inactive the fish are. Only when the water temperature rises does the metabolism of the pike-perch get going again and they start looking for food. In ponds and lakes the fish are generally active earlier than in flowing waters. Due to the greater mixing of the water, they do not heat up as quickly as standing water. In general, spring zander are hungry and relatively aggressive, but only become really active during the course of the day as temperatures rise. After the spawning season between April and June, the predatory fish also show strong hunting activity.
The best bait for spring zander fishing
When a water body begins to warm up with the first rays of sunshine in spring, a large number of small fish and microfish are active. Accordingly, rubber fish have a good chance of a bite at this time. Size is of secondary importance here. Mostly, however, lures between seven and ten centimetres in length are used.
In murky water striking colours are a must with rubber fish as bait. Neon yellow, green or pink work particularly well because they are very eye-catching.
The zander hunts a certain prey particularly often, and in clear waters the perch is one of its main food sources. Accordingly, lures in perch colours are also promising. Red-eyes are another prey that the predator prefers to hunt in murky waters in low visibility. In murky and dark conditions a bait similar to white fish is therefore suitable. For night fishing for zander, plugs are also a good choice. These should then be led close to the shore.
Biting times of zander in spring
Water temperatures are a crucial factor influencing the biting times of zander in spring. The warmer the water, the more active the sting-prey is and the higher the chance of a bite.
On cloudy and milder days, catches can also be expected in the morning. In clear and cold weather, the best time is usually late afternoon until dusk. Bright daylight is generally avoided by predators, as clear water reduces the success of the hunt.
During the spawning season between April and June, the legal closed seasons must be observed. Following spawning, water temperatures have already risen considerably and the zander go hunting with a great appetite. In general, the early morning and late afternoon hours until dusk promise success. But even at night, large zander can be caught in warmer water.
Pike-perch sites in spring: Here the zander are
Generally, the zander tend to be found in murky waters during the day. At night, on the other hand, they hunt in clear waters, as the animals avoid bright light. Especially at low water temperatures in spring, knowledge of the habitats is very important for successful catching. After spawning, zander are found mainly in shallower bank areas where they go hunting for whitefish. Sandy and gravel-rich bays and obstacles near the shore are popular spots. But even before the spawning season, the spiny predators are more likely to be found in shallow water areas, as they prefer the warmer waters here.