Fishing for pike in shallower water
The biological cycle of predators requires them to go deep into the water at the end of summer. However, there are also such tanks, where the water at the deepest point does not exceed three meters, and the pike stand there "densely". How to get to them in the autumn rain?
In recent years, I have had the opportunity to face "shallow" pikes during autumn fishing several times and each time (depending on this, how the bottom of the reservoir was shaped) the recipe for success was different. I will use specific examples and tell you what it looked like on the three Kashubian lakes, where the depth of the water varied within 2-3 meters.
The first of the lakes was sandy – a muddy basin, with a rather flat bottom and sparse coastal vegetation. Not only at first glance, it was difficult to predict any potential predators, even the fishfinder turned out to be insufficient.
The fastest way to locate the pikes was through trolling, which in a relatively short time allowed to penetrate a large area of the lake. It turned out very quickly, that in apparently lifeless water there are quite good arts. This also surprised me, that pikes were biting in surprisingly uninteresting places. It was hard to find any regularity, as to the effectiveness of such fishing. So I came to the conclusion, that due to the lack of natural hiding places in the form of faults, dimples, hills or obstacles, the pikes were occupying random (in the eyes of the angler) places, where there was always the same depth and scant vegetation submerged. Searching for fish in such a body by traditional spinning method would certainly be less effective than the aforementioned method. So I decided not to change the method, and only focus on selecting the most effective lure.
After less than five hours of swimming, it turned out, that pikes respond best to large sizes (7-11 cm) wobblers in the colors of perch or roach. I noticed a few bites on a pearl-colored 9 cm ripper, which could also be associated with roach predators. The spinners and pendulums failed completely, which I was counting on before starting the fishing. The fish bites were very gentle and most of those, which successfully landed in the boat, it was fastened with one, up to two tips of the rear wobbler hook.
This suggested an abundance of food in the lake, and hence – sluggish attacks by predators. This forced me to haul the bait more slowly, thanks to which I gave even these predators a chance to jump to it, for whom the attack was ordered not by hunger, but the predator instinct.
A few weeks later I had to fish on an equally charming lake of similar depth. However, it turned out already during the first diagnosis, that the bottom of this reservoir is full of mini hills and holes. The tops of the marsh slopes almost reached the surface of the water, but their deepest places, did not exceed 2,5 – 3 meters. Trolling in such an overgrown water caused many problems and the traditional spinning was the most effective..
By anchoring the boat at a distance of approx 30 meters from a plant island protruding above the water, we threw a large spinner along the slope, over which the fish stood. The spinner turned out to be the most effective lure here, however, a certain proportion of the fish also responded perfectly to light weight (hook without head and little load on the belly) rubber with anti-catch.
It was a surprise to catch a few zander with such light lures, carried over a carpet of vegetation. These were not medal arts, however, two-quads, they coped well with the pike competition. On this lake, using a wobbler was not only very troublesome (due to the dense vegetation), but not very effective, even in places, where poorer vegetation allowed to bring the bait near the feeding fish.
The last body of water was a small lake with a typical zander character. The bottom was mostly covered with a layer of sand and fine gravel, and the banks descending deep and steeply, almost completely devoid of vegetation and interspersed with numerous fallen trees and tree roots.
We were looking for zander with heavy lures, and it turned out, that there are more pike in the lake, which respond perfectly to aggressive baits. We started fishing on deep banks and a few hills with a heavy one (even to 28 g) rooster, administered by the rapid rainfall method. In some places, a large hoof has proven to be more effective, and in others a twister, presented on an equally heavy head.
In such shallow water, where the depth was rarely up to four meters, the use of heavy lures could be considered a bit of an exaggeration. However, whenever the grammage of our lures went down, the number of strikes also decreased. Single fish, usually small in size, They were also tempted to use spinners or small spoons, but the quick fall was the best recipe for the pike here. We recorded the most strikes in the coastal zone, where the fish found natural hiding places and hunted small fish in an ambush. We also tried our hand at fishing from the bank, however, only one fragment of it (fortified with stones) gave us fish, and they were, not only pike, but also great perch and… zander.
Of course, all fish were tempted by very aggressively given large lures, and trolling and stationary medium-centrifugal fishing failed completely, wobblers or small gums.
From these three examples, it is clear, that predators perfectly feed at the turn of summer and autumn, also in shallow lakes. It also turns out, that success is all about finding potential feeding grounds for fish and finding the best bait for such spots. Important too, in order not to give up fishing after the first failures and to try various methods and use the widest possible range of lures. Only then will we get a picture of it, how fish behave in the lake, where they most often stay and what is worth fishing for.