After a half year wait, bass season is back! This year bass season has opened a week early in our zone. This has come as a blessing to many anglers in the area who have felt for years that the season opened unnecessarily late. Coupled with some recent cold nights and warm days, things were looking good!
With boat pre-rigged, a new 65 lb thrust minn kota on the bow of my Legend, and the rods rigged, my buddy Dave and I hit the road at 5 am. 45 minutes later we were on the water with rods in hand. The morning turned out to be tough fishing with only one largemouth (approx. 2lbs) in the boat. Temperatures were fairly chilly and a sweater was required.
As the morning pressed we changed up techniques and areas, targeting flat expanses with sparse weed formations. Fishing picked up almost immediately as we made the changes with several largemouth and pike caught. Dave even managed one decent sized smallmouth which is pretty rare for Collins.
Great shot of a local loon family….
To my surprise, one of the fish I pulled out decided to relieve it’s self all over my jeans. This was definitely a first for me!
All-in- all we had a fairly decent day with multiple 3lb bucket mouths and some decent sized pike.
Ultimately, our success was directly related to trying techniques and fishing areas that differed from the other boat on the water. More than a few times, we have found this was the key to a successful fishing day.
Pike fishing has always been a passion of mine and early spring is one of the best times to catch these fish. Spring finds these fish thick in shallow water and can be caught by both casting and trolling. Spinners and spoons are go to’s for these fish however swim baits and crank baits are also effective.
Lucky for us Ontarians (especially in the kingston area) we have many Eutrophic lakes that are absolutely teaming with Pike.
Two of my work mates and I left work early on May 14, 2013 and headed to our favourite local Pike spot, Collins Lake. The water was a bit choppy with a 15 km/hr SW wind that ran right through the large fetch on the lake so we were limited to trolling at the beginnning of the outing. We immediately hooked into a decent 1-2 lber and then hit a lull. Ever persistent when using techniques I have alot of confidence in, we kept trolling and the fishing slowly picked up. By about 6pm we were getting into decent pike on a pretty regular basis. When the action died down on the trolling we decided to switch up and throw some spinner baits into the shallows. Sure enough, the switch in gear paid off. The action once again heated up and our numbers swelled to around 30 fish with at least one double header ( two or three if you are using Tarpon rules and leader touches count!).
All in all, a good first kick at the pike can in 2013.