Change of SeasonArticle by: Nathan Hartle – Big Hook Wilderness Camps
Pike will bounce between rock reefs and weed beds a fair amount this time of year; to wherever the largest food source is dominant. Lately at Central the big fish have been hanging on deep rock shelves and shunning the weeds. This is because of the large schools of walleye congregated on these reefs. The latest weather pattern also has something to do with it, the hot sunny clear days we have been experiencing this last week have the fish seeking deeper water. When catching pike off of deep reefs I have found you will only boat one or two fish, then it is time to move on. Try to focus on reefs that come up to about 12-15 ft with some nearby deep water.
As mentioned before, walleye are dominant on any windblown point or deeper reef in about 12-20 ft of water. Trolling windy shorelines with Reef Runners or Shad Raps will produce good numbers. South, Central, Burnt and West all reported fish over 27" caught on deeper rock structures.
The majority of the fish have been boated on 3/8 oz jigs.
The water temps have received a huge boost jumping from 64 in the beginning of the week to 71 degrees this morning. Water levels are still ticking downward due to hot temperatures and lack of rain. As of right now 2015 is one of the driest summers we have experienced since 1990.
Good luck on the water everyone!
Author Bio: Nathan and his parents Steve and Evie operate fly-in outpost camps 185 air miles north of Red Lake, Ontario. Located in the grand wilderness of Opasquia Provincial Park, these outpost cabins are the most remote housekeeping cabins in Northwestern Ontario. Nathan's blog post chronicle life without roads in Canada's vast boreal wilderness where the quality of fishing is untouched by humans. Visit their website at bighookcamps.com
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