Tony Brecknock our head of TV productions, and I went out yesterday to see what the water temperatures were like in Lake Erie and to see if the normthern pike were active. We fished Port Colborne harbour and the water temperature was around 48F. Fishing was very slow. We twitched Rapala Husky Jerks in the #7 & #13 size and did not even see a follow. We spoke to two anglers in another boat that had fished all morning and had only caught one pike around 4 lb. They had fished the day before and had landed 5-pike between 3-5 lb.
From Port Colborne we headed to Dane City on the Welland Recreational Canal to check it out. To our surprise they had rigged the south-end of the canal with many “lane-markers” for either a rowing or kayaking competition. Unfortunately we discovered that the markers are held in place with long steel cables that are submurged about 5-7′ below the surface and come out from the south shore about every 30′. We figured this out when after getting hung-up and loosing several lures.
We used the same Rapala “twitching technique” and managed to land one decent pike. Weed-growth was very young and I think that as soon as the weeds start growing, the pike will be more aggressive.