Hi Italo, I hope you are doing well. I am going portaging in Algonquin this May long weekend (next weekend) on booth lake. I have not fished here before but I hear there are fairly healthy populations of pike, and the season opener is this weekend. We will be fishing from canoes and I am seeking your advice for depths, location, lures, etc. should we be looking for them in the shallow waters at this time of year? I would normally target weedbeds for pike, but it is so early in the season and I doubt the weeds have had time to grow in. Your advice has been very helpful in the past, and I hope you can help put us on a few spring pike! All the best, mark

Posted on May 10th, 2015

This is an excellent time to pike fish and yes, they will still be in shallower water close to their spawning grounds. Good areas to target are any shallow-bays where you see cattails along the shorlines (silty bottom), and inlets/outlets on the lake. Good depths to fish will be 4-10′ of water. The Rapala Husky Jerk #14 should be your go-to lure casting/retrieving and also twitching it and if you like trolling some of the longer shallower stretches. Make sure to also have some jigs/plastic body baits with you like the Storm 4″ Live WildEye series. They will work well if you miss a fish on the Husky Jerk, or spot fish laying in shallwater. Always good to also have some Vibrax #3-#6 spinners and a few spinner baits. Make sure to take insect repellent, the black flies will be out as well. Have a great trip….God bless you, Italo

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