It's been a good start to pike season. Moving fish almost every trip out. Today caught one really nice pike along with a couple incidental smallmouth. Fishing only the martian muddler. Put a couple pics in for last week as I missed a few reports.
So we are going to do a weekend wrap-up in this report. Have been really focusing on pike. Went out for the past four days and moving a couple each day. Friday landed 2. On was decent in the mid twenties. Saturday work my tail off to land only one fish in the low to mid twenties. Sunday moved 3 or 4 fish but missed all of them. Monday went out with Dave and I moved two or three on topwater. Dave landed 2 one of which was a beauty pushing upper twenties. Water is blown out now. Not sure when I will see another pike.
The pike were acting completely stupid this evening. 13 eats with 5 pike to hand. 3 really nice pike for skinny water fishing. All caught on the Martian Muddler in sunrise. It was crazy for about 2 hours then all of a sudden when the pressure bottomed out everything shut off. Windows. It's all about those windows.
Super stoked to be on the pike game. Dave and I moved 5 or 6 pike Thursday evening which caused me to hunt for pike this weekend. Today it all came together. Landed a beautiful pike on a tan and green martian muddler.
Well I thought with this string of cooler weather that the pike would be getting super active. All day on the water and only one pike. Did land 2 nice smallmouth on pike flies.
I was able to sneak away from the boatshow to get on the water about 3PM. Very sunny out and just a few casts into my adventure a pike chases down my fly from across the river. That is the most aggressive that I have seen them so far this early spring. I had another follow then by 4 didn't see any thing. I am hoping for more of the same today. Water temp hit 48 and Martian Muddler did the trick
Started on the North Branch with no luck. Water temp on the North Branch was 36 degrees. I then moved to the South Branch. The pike were quite a bit more active than Sunday. Landed 3 pike and had 5 other strikes. Martian Muddler only fly I used today.
The water warmed up since yesterday and so did the action. 4 degree swing in water temp seems to have the pike stirring. Landed 2 little pike on the Martian Muddler and had 3 other strikes. I think with this warming trend we will get a lot of action this week with a high likelihood of the start of spawn by early next week.
Another 5 pike to hand. Orange and yellow bucktail is smoking it this season. Water temp is down to 59 which is in the pike's ideal range.
Getting closer to finding that 40"+ in my backyard small rivers. Throwing a yellow and orange bucktail fly that I tie. Landed 3 pike.
Picked up 1 decent sized today. Stilling looking for that 40"+ out of the small rivers in my backyard. I thought for sure that I would move more fish. Just when you think you have them figured out they throw you a curve ball.
6 pike to hand and a total of 11 pike eats. It was kinda amateur hour out there today. Missed a lot of fish because of poor hooksets. Had another big smallmouth on but it shook the hook too. All the pike were hooked on a yellow and orange bucktail I tie. One pike caught olive bucktail. Next weekend is probably going to be the turning point for more aggressive pike since we will start getting some really cool nights.
Went out with Dave. Ended up landing 3 pike and 2 smallmouth and missed several more in less than 2 hours of fishing. Had a total of 7 eats from pike. All fish caught on a yellow and orange bucktail fly I tie. When the water dips a few more degrees I think it is going to be on like donkey kong.
Well landed two small pike today on a yellow and orange streamer. It seems the pike are still in a neutral mood. Once the water drops a few more degrees we should start seeing some really aggressive bigger pike.
Landed two little pike. Had lots of action but missed several hook sets. All using an intermediate sink tip pulling a red and white buck tail streamer.
What an epic day on the water. 4 pike to hand but missed so many more. 3 where caught on a red and white streamer. The biggest was caught on a smallmouth colored streamer. I have got the esox sickness for sure!
Went hunting for a dance with the devil. Landed two biggest pictured below. Lots of topwater strikes. It seems Pike are not very accurate on their topwater strikes. Missed a lot of fish or I should say a lot of fish missed my fly. All caught on a deer hair diver.
Had 20 minutes to kill before class so went down to a creek and cast a fly or two. Noticed several fish get spooked which I thought was from me stepping in the water. I started casting to structure and my third cast my line took off so I set the hook. Landed a nice little northern on a size 6 tequeely. Caught one little smallmouth in a shallow run. Some say when the pike are out to play the smallies go away. I am not sure I buy into that but held true for today.