So, I don't know if anybody here has gotten a sence of pattern in my posts yet, but here is yet another Northern Pike post from the resident "PikeLover". I always here about how the Pike Spawn Early. My understanding is that they will be spawing at ice out. I want to get out on Crooked lake in Coon Rapids (I have a friend that lives on the lake) as early as I can this year. I want to drop my electric troller in and slower cruise the shallows and see if we can spot any gators in the shallows. Not to catch, but just to observe.
A.-Do you think this would work? B.-Is this frowned upon? C.-Any suggestions to increase the likely hood of seeing such a thing, like lakes and times.
Pikelover, interesting questions, but I don't think it will work because pike don't build nests like bass do, and once they lay their eggs they don't stick around like other fish species do. You would have to catch her in the act, and if you love pike the way that I think you do, you wouldn't want to disturb them. Pike will start spawning even before the ice is out too. So do yourself a favor and don't do it, that is my opinon.
You would have to be in some very shallow water. Plus gator like the dark bottom areas of a lake.(MUD) I would watch the DNR guys strip pike for eggs when I was younger. Pike would travel up the streams looking for dark bottom areas, moveing water was also a great help. You have to go out at nite to see the big mama's.
Even eminent chartered accountants are known, in their capacity as fishermen, blissfully to ignore differences between seven and ten inches, half a pound and two pounds, three fish and a dozen fish. ~ William Sherwood Fox, Silken Lines and Silver Hooks, 1954