Catch a pike in winter for a snag

What spinners catch pike in winter. How to play the bait. Color, size and shape.

Not so long ago, the list of pike lures for winter fishing consisted of two or three spinners, on the one hand weighted with lead, and on the other having a plate of polished copper, brass, stainless steel or nickel silver. Most often, they looked like larger perches. With a high density of fish in those days, these baits were quite catchy.

In winter on summer lures

Meanwhile, in recent years and in the winter, summer oscillating baubles have been effectively applied. Kuusamo branded baits and similar baits give excellent results, but they are pretty catchy and all those summer “swings”, up to homemade products that caught pike well in summer and autumn. Especially successful is the use of light oscillating spinners in the ice, when the spinning occurs in shallow shallow waters. At shallow depths, the light “oscillator” manages to make many planning and brisk movements resembling a live fish. Even at the bottom, the bait hesitates for a while before stopping. But in this case, you need a sharp and short view of the fishing rod so that the bait plays for a long time and is attractive to pike. Bottom fishing is also successful when the bait rises with a sharp swing right from the bottom. Pike is usually enough to lower the baubles. Classical “unhooked” are used in the snag. And this is more correct than trying to repel the spinner from the driftwood with a heavy cut-off, because after such “rebounds” the spinner can not be saved, but all the pike in the area will definitely go away.


Successful winter lures include the so-called rattlins. In addition to an attractive game, rattlin bait makes sounds from balls rolling inside. Rattlins as well as balancers are suspended from the back. This affects the way the bait is played. Unlike spinners, they do not immediately sink to the bottom, but seem to be reset stepwise, stopping and again going to the bottom. These baits work very well among thickets of grass, because due to a small departure from the vertical axis, they less mesh in the windows among the vegetation.

Ice wobblers

Ice wobblers, for example, Salmo brand are no less successful. They are similar to rattlins, but differ in that the center of gravity of the lures is shifted forward, which gives them an original game. The bait, briskly vibrating, tries to go head first from the axis of the hole. Due to their light weight and small size, ice-covered wobblers work well only in shallow water, but it is in the prime ice that these baits are often out of competition. And during a sluggish bite it is better to use ice wobblers.

Weighted Lures

In deeper places weighted baits are used. In particular: large balancers, heavy “oscillators”, rattlin deep baits, heavy trihedral baits for catching pike perch in the summer in a plumb line, large-class casters.

The masters are generally universal, but for winter fishing pike at a depth are quite catchy, and in some places the most successful.

The most common balancers for fishing at medium depths and in deeper places are considered to be baits of 7-11 cm in size, for example, Rapala balancers. Lucky John balancers are also considered successful. Their usual size is 7 cm. Their advantage over lures of other companies is as hooks, coloring and successful versatility, when pike of all sizes and perches come across this small bait. And this sometimes saves fishing during a sluggish biting pike or even its absence. But there is a balancer Lucky John and a drawback that is inherent in many Russian baits - setting the bait horizontally . These balancers often bite their nose, then lift it up. But this can be fixed by adding a weight to the side soldered hook of the balancer.

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Universal rattlin

Oscillating baubles

Winter wobblers

Pike and monotonous game

Unlike other predators, pike are not very demanding on the game of bait. At least, quite simple and monotonous movements with a fishing rod are enough to catch it. The bait rises sharply or slowly to a height of 40 cm, is reset to the bottom, where a pause of about 5-6 seconds is maintained. This game mode varies somewhat depending on the type of bait and depth, but generally typical.

Winter Pike Bait coloring page

It should be noted that the pike well notices and distinguishes coloring baits. And the most effective will be a snag, which in its color, size and shape is similar to the fish that feed on pike in a given pond and place. Most often these are perch and roach, but sometimes other fish are included in the diet of a predator. It happens even a prickly ruff or a rare gudgeon in winter.