Fishing and Old Friends- First outing for pike

Fishing and Old Friends- First outing for pike

Fishing and Old Friends - First outing for Pike  

The call everyone likes to get - the boys are passing through en route to a fly-in fishing trip to Northern Quebec. With 24 hours open before they have to leave, they wanted to know if could join them for a day on the water?    

You don?t have to ask me twice?  

Not only are these guys great anglers, but it is great to hear old stories and create new memories in the process.  

While the lads had walleye on the mind, northern pike would be our target for the weekend. We fished a small Western Quebec lake with a healthy population of northern?s and largemouth bass. Since bass does not open until late-June, we tied on some of our the larger bait living in our tackle box to avoid old bucket-mouth and also have a shot at some of the lake?s larger pike.  

 A large cold-front moved in the day before our trip so we slowed down our presentations and worked large plastics, big spinnerbaits and even tossed some big flies.  Action was slow and we had to pick apart the lake, working every inch to draw a strike. We had a few follows from larger fish and ended up landing half a dozen pike for our efforts.  

Water levels were a few feet higher then in years past and the pike seemed to be in different areas searching for food. The normal hot spots held nothing and the pike moved into the smaller holes on the lake?s biggest flat. Fresh vegetation was key for holding pike and green weeds meant action. 
 Fishing and old friends; it was nice to get out with the boys, and a great way to kick-off the pike season.   I will post a quick update on how things went with the walleye in Northern Quebec when they return next week?.

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