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I'm planning on coming up to do some pike fishing sunday and monday. I am wondering if anyone is fishing them yet and how's it going?

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I was up last weekend. 4-14 and 4-15. Big cold front and snow came in Sunday P.M. so we cut the trip early. Water temp was cool considering the speed of the meltdown, I think the cool end to March and April has slowed down what was looking like a crazy early spring. Main lake temps were 41-42 range. I would definately recommend calling Ryan Schmidt or Matt Shermoen from Border Country. Both of these guys really know Pike. For the past few years I have booked a day chasing early pike and they have really helped with our success. We fished some bays way up north of the causeway, I hit a few of the bays on the north side of Swell and fished a few bays east of the Brule. Temps in the bays were 42-45, and I could only find small areas that were over 44. Those areas held fish however. Some females were still dropping eggs. Caught about 55 in the day and half we had, most being 27-38". I would think the weather needs to warm up a bit to really get them snapping. Last year,I had a few days over 60 and later in those days the fishing got better and better. The bigger fish were not way up shallow, they were deeper, either in the center of the bays or right at the entrance. In two weeks the bite should be awesome! Give the pro's a call, book a half day and you will not regret it.

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Thanks the reply. I have may 8th booked already with Ryan. Because of the unusually early ice out I thought I would give it a try on my own first and see what happens. Thanks again for the response.

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I think if the weather would just be a tiny more consistent you would have no problem. I know guys that fish the day after the ice is out and continue in the same spots for a month or until the water temps are over mid 50's then those big fish move out. If you are unfamiliar with early season than here would be a few tips that I have picked up over the years. Don't even look at water deeper than 8 feet. Think about where you would go to hunt ducks, that is where the fish will spawn. Cattails, reeds, mud bottom shallow stuff. Most of the time I can see the bottom. Find the warmest water in the bay. You might have an 50 acre bay but the fish will be in one football field where the warmer water is. As far as baits, typical pike stuff, spoons, spinnerbaits, cranks. Early in the day, slower, longer pauses, as the water warms you can go more aggressive and erratic. Ryan will get you on them so you might want to work your arms for a week before you come up so you aren't sore!!!!

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