Many anglers like to take advantage of spring Pike action. When water temps are cool and Pike have just finished spawning they remain in the shallows where they can be intercepted by shore anglers and especially by anglers fishing from small boats, canoes and kayaks.
Our good friend Jeff Wood has been enjoying fishing out of a Pelican power-drive kayak and fishing shallow, shoreline waters with excellent Pike success.
Jeff has rigged a Raymarine Element in the Pelican kayak to enable him to know the exact depth he is fishing and to show him any young vegetation growth.
His go-to lure has been the Rapala Shadow Rap twitch-bait that can be trolled down to the 5′ range so that it swims above fresh new aquatic vegetation or they can be twitch to key areas such as bays, points of weeds and even simple rocky shorelines.
The key when trolling is to keep a constant speed so that the lure provides a nice, lazy wobble from side to side. When twitching it, short pauses followed by snaps of the line works well. It’s so important to keep a direct line to the lure when either trolling or twitching to ensure you don’t miss any light strikes. Good spring fishing locations are marina basins, shallow bays, the mouths of many of our Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay tributaries and Harbour mouths.