I have already been going for fishing for a very long time. I prefer catching such predatory fish as the pike. Catching pikes is a very absorbing, spectacular and gambling occupation. So in this article I’d like to share my pike-fishing experience and remarks with you.

Time to catch pike

From January to April, we should choose only sunny days. The rise in temperature makes this predatory fish active. Fishing is very successful in spring, namely before the outset of spawning and immediately after it.

From mid-May to June, pikes start feeding quite intensively.

In July and August, fishers experience some difficulties. The thing is that oxygen is scarce in warmed-up water, and pikes leave for deeper layers or colder streams of lakes and rivers.

In September, water in small rivers and lakes gets cold faster. So it is just the time to make pike catching more and more regular. But in big rivers and water storage reservoirs, the water is still warm enough, and predatory fish prefers to stay at great depths. By late September, the water gets colder, and pikes go to the top again.

October is the best time to catch pikes. During this period, pikes travel across the whole water body. Trolling is the best way to search for predatory fishes. Fishing can also be successful in November.

In winter, we use such fishing tackle as winter zherlitsa. As bait we use dead fish or bait fish.

Pike’s spawning

Pikes are the first among fresh-water fishes to go spawning. The mating season begins at the temperature of 3°C. The spawning season is usually in March. But when temperature conditions change, it can be delayed or, on the contrary, accelerated. Spawning occurs in shallow waters and in reedy or sedgy sections of lakes and rivers. The depth in such places is no more than two meters. Several male pikes usually stay near one female pike. This predatory fish uses any objects which it can rub against. The reproduction season lasts for 2 tо 4 weeks.

Weather conditions for pike catching

Аtmospheric pressure. Pikes don’t bite when the atmospheric pressure becomes low or high. The fish is active in a period of stable atmospheric pressure (for 3 or 4 days) without rises and falls.

Illuminance. Pikes don’t like both bright light and darkness. With bright light forage fishes can see pikes very well and try to escape from them. In darkness, these small fishes don’t move around the water body, so they don’t pass by the pikes’ ambushes. Therefore, pike catching will be the most successful at sunrise and at sunset. We can also count on good results in the daytime when the weather is dull.

Rain. When it has been drizzling all day long, it’s high time to catch pikes.

Wind. The pike’s biting will be most intensive when the wind makes ripples on the water surface, but without waves. When the weather is windy, the pike’s habit is the same as when it rains. Light refraction in water and blowing wind give us a chance to deceive the predatory fish. In such situation, it is quite reasonable to use wobblers and spoon-baits of bright colours and look for a pike in the medium layers of water.


With the best wishes for your fishing experience,

Your Fishing Advisor