Well it's getting to the point of the year when northern fishing gets a little slow. Alot of my favorite spots get too weedy not to mention the heat gets to be a little much for a full day of fising. I have been fishing a few river fed lakes lately and it seems the northerns are in colder water. Yesterday the main body of the lake was 75-77 and at the mouth of the incoming river it was more like 73. That seemed to be the only spot i could find the northerns at. Anyone else have any info on this. It's my first year with a finder with a temp gauge and water temp seems to have a big infuencve on the bite. Got a 31" for the biggest, had a bigger one on but i guess my hook set needs work
Honestly, it sounds like your doing exactly what you should be doing based on my experience of fishing pike for the last 20 years. The action for the big boys tends to slow down, but if you caught a 31 incher and had a bigger one on the line, that seems pretty good. Your idea of finding cooler water near the inlet is really solid. You did not mention what you were using, but I would probably go with some kind of large soft plastic swim bait. Cast it out into the lake and pull it back towards the drop off. I also like to do the same thing with an arrgessive sized spinner bait. Just toss it out as deep and far from the break as you can and start to SLOWLY reel it back, letting it settle back down tot he bottome a couple of times. Of course if I had to catch one to save my life, I would grab a giant sucker and toss it into deeper water off a weed line.
I was fishing with a sucker for the two fish that I had on. The lake was a shallow one and i got both fish on one of my favorite spots. 10-15 feet off the shallow weedline there is a spot that goes from 3 fow to 8 fow in a pretty quick drop off. I seem to get the most fish off the same 20' by 5' area right along the drop off. I use a blue and silver double inline spinner for casting. This seems to get the fish more active. We have had some action on a 6" swim shad also. Best luck is on 6"ish suckers, usually the big 10"+ are what i use but this lake they seem to hit alot more on the smaller ones. When half or more of the northerns are over 30" you can't really argue with results. Plus that hog from opener was caught on one that couldn't have been much more then 4". In the shallow water i put them 6" off the bottom with a small sinker on so they can swim up but when they get tired they slowly sink back near the bottom.
I switched back to the 10 dollar berckley special with 10 pound power pro. The fenwick with 50# just made it way too easy.
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