If you’re hunting for early summer pike, all you have to do is find new weed growth and you will in all likelihood find pike. While smaller “hamer-handle” pike will be easy to find in the shallow bays and ample weed growth, bigger pike are a little more complicated to locate.
Bigger pike tend to be loners cruising early summer weedbeds and weedlines looking for larger food then their smaller cousins. This means locating weeds in 10-15′ depths which are starting to grow and either casting spinnerbaits over the main weedbed, or fishing jigs/plastic swim-baits or crankbaits around the edges.
Sam Nicholson found weeds in 12′ of water on a point and started casting a 1 3/8 oz. spinnerbait. The extra weight gets you down to the bottom quickly and also enables you to fish the spinnerbait faster which often trigger even passive pike to strike. The key for Sam was to find some early season weeds close to deeper-water.