After starting the morning with the air temps in the mid 20s we ended up with air temps this afternoon with unusual temps in the mid 40s. Today’s target species was Northern Pike, but we arrived early to our destination in hopes to maybe hook a walleye or two. After fishing for walleye for an hour or so with no success we then focused on Northern Pike.We fished the pike with Automatic Fisherman setting baits anywhere from 1 to 3 feet off the bottom with large shiner minnows. With the presents of perch in the area very early we had some pike action early and as soon as the perch made there way out of the area there was a lull in the pike action. After a while, the pike action began to become a little more consistent, with the pike running a little on the smaller side today we had a some difficulty getting hooks in some of the fish but none the less we were able to land some nice pike and it was another awesome day on the ice in Door County.
With winter not knowing what it wants to do this year, we are really limited on where we can fish. The areas that we would generally be fishing this time of season do not have safe enough ice conditions for us to travel on. After fishing whitefish for the past couple of weeks, we decided to make a trip for northern pike today.
Here in Door County, we target two different areas to fish for northern pike. Early in the season we will target the backs of some of the bays where there is still some live weed growth that is where we find the most consistent action for active pike. As the season progresses and the ice pack thickens, the weed growth begins to die, that is when we begin to seek out different areas.
Keep in mind that the bays always have potential for producing northern pike, but as the season progresses, the larger pike tend to change locations. Later in the season, we begin to target large flat areas that generally consist of sand, these areas have deep water close by and also have sporadic weed growth and occasional rock reefs that create current around them.
Today, we targeted a large flat area that was close to deep water. We drilled many holes covering the entire area from shallow to deep. We caught fish both back shallow and close to the deep water edge. We used large shiner minnows, both on tip-ups and Automatic Fisherman. For those who have not used the Automatic Fisherman, they are a tool that is worth checking out. The Automatic Fisherman is the answer to catching more fish that would normally grab baits and drop them. When a fish grabs a bait, it is instantly hooked and brought in on a rod and reel.