I love Pike fishing all season long. Over the years I have had excellent pike fishing through the ice on smaller lakes like Little Lake, ON near Orillia and also fishing large bodies of water like Lake St. Francis, Quebec and many lakes in southern Ontario.
Winter Pike can be easily found through the ice if you can locate weedbeds. Same principle applies as finding Pike in open water….find weeds and you will find pike.
While you can use set-lines baited with a minnow, I like to jig for them using a light, fluttering spoon. I either fish the spoon as it is or I add a baitfish hooked through the head on one of the hooks on the treble.
Normal jigging strokes work well near the bottom allowing the spoon to flutter/roll as it is free-falling. Most pike strike when the spoon rests on the down-stroke.
Popular areas to fish for Pike in southern Ontario are:
-Island Lake Conservation Area
-Guelph Lake Conservation Area