Are there any considerations to make when Pike Fishing with regard to the water turning in fall? I know that fisherman say there is good Pike Fishing to be had all fall, even though that has not been my experience. I am going to put lots of effort in, now going forward (till its to cold for me to handle/enjoy").
In general, we focus on deep breaks or just above the thermocline during the mid to late summer period (i.e. deep water), and then move back in to the dying or thinning weeds/weedline once the turnover occurs. This year, though, has been an odd one with our warmest water of the whole year coming now (it was 74 degrees last night), so those rules may get thrown out the window. However, we still are catching bigger pike in the 35'-40' range fishing for walleyes with leadcore, so they're still down there. Looks like next week will bring a big change in our current weather pattern, so the shallow bite may pick up very soon. Hope this helped you out, and good luck in your future gator hunts!
I've fished Christmas Lake right around the turnover and haven't found any fish - no bites and not even the sight of one on my underwater camera, although I've looked shallow and deep. I assume they suspend somewhere.
One year I didn't make it up to northern Ontario until the first week of October and the pike fishing was great, although I got snowed on almost every day. Just about every time I trolled past weeds I got hits and the pike were good-sized.
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