"In the fall, the cold, windy days that signal changing seasons are excellent pike fishing days. Large groups of pike congregate on flats with bundles of weed growth in water five to ten feet deep. To find pike, use a systematic trolling pattern that covers the whole area. Troll about 20 feet behind the boat until the fish are found, then cast to the small area.
When the pike are scattered in the weedy flats, trolling is the best method. A pike that is following a spoon will often strike when the boat makes a turn, or if the spoon makes a jerky motion. Make several passes over the same areas where pike are sighted or where they have struck the lure.
Spoons are not the only trolling lures that catch big pike; plugs, large spinner baits, and sometimes streamer flies entice eager pike. Large spinner baits remain popular fall trolling lures. Try those with a large, single silver Willow-Leaf blade and a black buck tail body. Under windy conditions try using a yellow body, and in discoloured water use a basic black spinner bait.
Use the same techniques for catching northern pike throughout their range from the U.S. rivers to the Canadian lakes. Fish the flats and weed beds from fall to spring and find the cooler bottom depressions in the summer months for big pike fishing all year long."
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