Use 10 lb line, with a good quality 9" black wire
leader with good ball bearing swivels and cross-lock snaps. Try a weedless
rapala spoon, in silver, polished brass, silver/blue and orange/green. Cast to a
weedy spot and rip it through. Other good lures include the daredevil
series, red and white or five of diamonds, mepps spinners, and spinners with a
frog or two-tail twister in white and yellow. Make sure you have long-handled
hook removers on board. Find a weedy bay or inlet, cast into or onto shore
and take the bait back to the boat at a medium speed retrieve. Dont be afraid to
move around; once you find one fish, you will find more. Pay close attention as
your lure hits water, as pike may hit it as soon as it lands. Best action is
generally dawn until late morning.
- Flies. Try Mega Divers in
colours that match the Pike's most common food source (suckers, perch,
walleye, etc.). I tie some of mine on weedless hooks for use in
heavy weed cover but prefer to fish either along the weedlines or around
weed clumps such as coontail or cabbage weeds. Other patterns that will work
well are large streamers, or what I call big flirts which have the size and
appearance of a mega diver, but are tied with lead eyes, wool, and saddle
hackle instead of deer hair.
- Five-o-diamonds. The #1 pike
killer no matter what lake you fish. By far the best pike killer. It's a
yellow spoon with five red dimonds on it. Use a six inch black
- My favourite is a black body and orange bladed
spinner bait. It's great for all types of conditions. Also, big silver or gold
- Little Cleo. Try the
orange/gold and blue/silver combinations.
Some Places to Go
- Belleville Area. Good
incidental catches in the quiet bays around Belleville.
- Canal Lake. Near Kirkfield, by
the second bridge for shore pike. Fish minnows on the bottom; morning is the
- Clairville Dam. Go by Wild
Water Kingdom, taking a side entrance that goes down the the reservoir.
- Diamond Lake. Holds some really
- Dunnville, Pt. Colbourne ,
15,16 mile creek in Niagara.
- Frenchman's Bay in Pickering
has good spring pike. There's also some monsters off the nuclear plant but
they're hard to come by. Lynde Marsh also has good pike, but almost all
the good access points have been closed off. You can put in a canoe at the
conservation area and fish towards the lake.
- Georgian Bay around Point au
Baril station. Tons of islands around that area and MONSTER pike and
- Guelph Lake. On the outskirts
of Guelph, it offers some good spring pike fishing from
- Honey Harbour. Stick with 10 lb
line (just make sure that you're familiar with your drag settings). As for
lures, if u want lots of pike stick with smaller sized bass lures that are
loud and/or flashy - such as spinnerbaits, rattlebaits and blue fox spinners.
If u want larger pike, try using larger size body baits such as #18 Rapala's,
suicks, bagley's and suicks. Once the weather cools down, u tend to have a
better chance at bigger fish.
- Leslie Street Spit. The inner
lagoon of the Leslie St. spit consistently produces big pike (18 lb+) during
the week after ice-out. Either launch a small boat at Cherry Beach (best) or
walk out on the trail at the bottom of Leslie St. My best success has been
fishing the south facing shore of the lagoon (1-3 ft. deep) with large jerk
- The Leslie Spit is located in near downtown
Toronto. Leslie St and Lakeshore Blvd (Lake Ontario). You can get there from
Hamilton by taking the QEW. When you get to Leslie St. drive south on Leslie
until the end. You will only be able to go so far before reaching the water
- Lake Simcoe. Walk the shallows
of the southern part of the bay close to the Holland River.
- Lake Simcoe. Try out from Keffers Marina either
trolling or casting.
- Cook's Bay. By the reeds near the outlet
of the Holland River in September. Use extra large chubs and fish with the
longest leaders you can get away with.
- Cooks Bay. And the area around Georgina
Island on Lake Simcoe.
- Cook's Bay Riverside Marina in Keswick has
rentals. Great pike and perch fishing in the spring in Cook's Bay; just stay
away from potential bass spawning areas.
- Toronto Islands. Take the
centre island ferry over walk south past the entrance to the amusement park
and restaurant, past the swan rides until you reach a white bridge. Cross the
bridge and walk west along the waters edge and you can begin fishing from
there. Most of the canals west of the bridge will have pike cruising around,
dont get discouraged if you dont catch one right away, this isnt a fly in
fishing camp, it can take time to find where they are every year. Dont
be afraid to fish too shallow either, I've caught pike there in 8 inches of
water some days. Keep in mind when you're fishing early in the year that these
fish are either prespawn, spawning or post spawn fish, so although the regs
permit you to keep some fish, it would be wise to release them, especially if
they look "fat" with eggs. Slower moving baits seem to work best early in
the year. #4 and 5 Mepps Aglia spinners were always my standby, but
after experimenting over the years my preference now is either a slowly worked
white plastic worm rigged with a long shank 1/8 or 1/4 oz. jighead, hook
exposed, or a Bo-Liz pork bait rigged with a weedless lightning strike hook,
no weight (yellow or white). The spinners are good for covering areas faster
until you hit a fish, then switch to the slower moving baits to really cover
the area well. Also try Red Devils, spinnerbaits, Bluefox Vibrax in #4 or #5
or Sluggo type baits.
- Toronto Islands.Try live minnows (3-6 inches)
under a float, you may want to add a steel leader. Best bets are usualy
shallow back bays with visable signs of weed growth, present your bait as
close to the weeds as possible.
- The marina at the foot of the Spadina Ave.
Lots of fair size pike. Use yellow hairpin spinnerbaits (bring a
- Weed flat at the Cinisphere (large white ball).
At the marina the water is deeper and there are large weeds which are about 5
feet below the surface.
- Lagoons around Wards Island with slow moving
lures such as 7 1/2" black plastic worms with a 1/16 ounce slip sinker or even
better, big gaudy pike streamers or divers on a fly rod for a really slow
retrieve. The fish won't chase very often early in the spring. Try to get over
there before the fish spawn and again after they are done for the best
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