Northern Pike, like most game fish, are creatures of habit. 90% of the time, they will use only 10% of a lake. So eliminate the unproductive areas and you increase your odds dramatically. Fish shallow bays and coves fringed by marsh within two weeks after ice out. Don’t overlook the channel leading to the lake as pike use it to move in and out of the bay. For up to a month after spawning, pike can be found resting and feeding near the channel, often around weed beds in the open lake.
After the water warms, northern pike move off to deeper water but still use the channel as a highway between deep and shallow water. Mid-summer finds pike
suspended over drop-offs or hanging around islands, points, and river mouths.
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