Is cold weather good for pike fishing?
During the winter months, the water temperatures drop and in turn, this slows down the metabolism of the pike. This makes the pike very lethargic and much less likely to chase a lure. Based on this I believe dead or live baiting is the best winter pike fishing bait for the winter months.
Do pike bite when its cold?
In winter time, the general rule is to fish slow. At least on most winter days fish are slower so this makes perfect sense. But there are days that bait fish and thus also pike are more active, and lures need to be fished a bit quicker or erratic to trigger bites.
Can you catch pike in February?
Mid February to March
This is often the most rewarding time of year for the dedicated pike angler. As the ice starts to thaw & water temperatures creep up to around 5 degrees, the pike start to move from deeper water and head to the shallower spawning grounds.
Are pike shallow or deep in winter?
Weeds and rock in combination with sand transitions in shallow water draw pike shallow during portions of the winter season. But when pike drop deep, as they often do during midwinter, rock-rubble drop-off edges and especially deep rock humps near shallow cover usually are where they hold. Pike suspend in some lakes.
Where do pike stay in winter?
Winter pike haunts
And it might work on larger lakes at last ice when the pike are migrating toward shallow bays, coves and rivermouths to spawn. But I consistently catch enormous toothy critters all winter long in 15 to 30 feet of water over and around hard rock structures, with nary a weed stalk in sight.