Pike in winter, especially large, is an enviable prey, but closer to the middle of winter it takes places and not as often as in the golden age of the first ice. The spring is still far from a turning point. But fish and especially predators begin to come to life in warm thaws, that is, move a lot in search of schools of fish trifles and feed more actively. This means that pike catch more efficiently. But during this period, the pike must be sought and rearranged the girders from place to place. It happens that where at the beginning of winter there were constantly standing lanterns and regularly caught pike, now there are no pikes at all. And, most surprisingly, inquisitive fishermen find it often in shallow bays-creases, where there is almost no water under the ice. Therefore, at this time you have to look for a predator and walk a lot, which is possible with a good and comfortable backpack, which many shchukars use more often than a fishing box.
Such running fishing bears fruit even when you do not go far from the former catchy places, radically changing the conditions and place of fishing, but only move part of the girders to a fresh place fifty meters away. And this is enough to follow a pike grip. The predator does not move. And the new owners of the hunting area do not immediately come to the place of the caught fish. Therefore, it does not take a pike.
Pike in shallow water in winter
Somewhere at the end of December last year, we happened to visit the Cheboksary reservoir. They immediately went to their checked places along the channel of the flooded rivulet Rutka, where pike was well caught in the pit in the channel pit. On the way, we met a local fisherman, constantly and every day on the ice in these places. He said that there was no pike at all on Rutka, and one local fisher, from lazy ones, accidentally found a fish. He didn’t want to go far to the side of the channel near the Volga, but set the girders right on the first island, aground, next to the stumps and trees frozen in ice, where the girders were never set because of the ridiculous depth of not more than a meter. And immediately on the first day I caught eight pikes here, among which were quite large. The fisherman walked on joys, leaving the zergniks on ice. Our fellow traveler pointed to them, abandoned and frozen in ice, with flags sticking out in some places, and offered to put our gear in the same places, nearby. It made sense to check the place, especially since this Samaritan fisherman was a friend of a local resident - our old friend. I would probably not joke with us.
The location was shallow. Under the ice of water - no more than 70 cm . Nevertheless, when they caught the little things and put the zerglas, ten minutes did not pass, as the first raising of the flag followed.
During the day, we caught seven pikes for two, one of which weighed 6 kg . So much for shallow water. By the way, when fishing, it is desirable to have scales with you, since it was noticed that the weight of live fish at the place of fishing and at home is different.
These preferences of pike to shallow water in winter, often during long thaws, are obviously associated with the influx of fresh water from streams, which begin to thaw and drain into the reservoir. In addition, there are many small fish in such places, starting from a ruff and ending with quite weighty rudd (about catching rudd in the winter). And the pike, of course, leaves deep and cold channels, following small roach and perches, to quiet water plants, where in summer you could see whole fields of hornwort and water lilies, which means that the water is warmer here. And now here also fresh water has gone.
Of course, fishing in coastal shallow waters near the reservoir islands in winter is not a panacea. It always happens that some predators find their Eldorado in such places, others stay at a depth of 10 meters near the Volga channel and fairway, while others prefer wide ice plateaus with the same depth, without flow, in the middle of which there are deep holes, round - former lakes and elongated - flooded ravines. Along the edges of these pits of various types and depths, the pike of the reservoir often also inhabit and hunt. But these are, so to speak, classic fishing spots, where the tackles usually stand all winter. But shallow areas, rather, an exception to the rule . Nevertheless, it has long been noticed that at some certain time, often closer to spring or during warming, completely weighty pikes up to 5-7 kg begin to be caught on the shallows .
Before the “dead” period and during it, it is better to use light pike necklaces with a rather thin, but strong fishing line with a diameter of 0.4 mm . This is due to the fact that at this time the pike is listless and cautious.