Al Lindner, Fred Buller, Doug Stange, Dave Csanda, Ron Lindner, Bob Ripley, and Jan Eggers, Pike: An In-Fisherman Handbook of Strategies, 1983, In-Fisherman.

Picking the bays with the proper combination of sun and wind isn't the only critical locational factor for big spring pike. Some bays tend to warm up earlier than others, proving the peak action at different times. To illustrate the point, let's carefully examine the accompanying lake map.


The first bay to shed its ice would most likely be A, since it is adjacent to the flowing water of the river outlet, and has excellent wind protection by the surrounding shoreline. It's the first bay to see use by active pike. Next up would be bays B or C. Since B is more exposed to west and southwest winds and is partially shaded on its south shore, whereas C is almost totally exposed to the sun and exposed only to a straight south wind, bay C would get the nod as the second choice.