Spring is an excellent time to target shoreline Pike fishing from shore or from a kayak.
Our good friends James Packer and Jeff Wood spent a few hours fishing shorelines in southern Ontario casting Rapala Husky Jerk swim-baits over new-growth weedbeds and weedlines.
James chose to fish from a “sit-in” Pelican paddle-kayak which sets you closer to the water and adds stability since there is a lower center of gravity.
The only disadvantage is that you are closer to the water so you have to be more careful when making casts not to hit the water when you’re loading your cast.
Jeff chose to fish out of the “sit-on-top” Pelican that has the foot propulsion system which enables you to cast freely while moving the position of the boat at the same time. He also had paddles on-board for safety and quick maneuvering in tight spots.
Spring post-spawn Pike hang around the shorelines an new weed-growth where they finished spawning. They are aggressively feeding and one of the best ways to catch them is by fishing “twitch-baits” the you can work 2-5′ below the surface.
Most of the Great Lakes marina basins, shallow bays and boat harbors will hold post-spawn pike for at least the next few weeks.