Slow Start In Pike Fishing

Slow Start In Pike Fishing

Bernd Ziesche | Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Pike season has started since the first of May in Germany. Yet few proper catches happened!

This year all April was very cold. Especially the nights were significant below what would have been average in April looking at the past 50 years.

Based on the low water temperature I saw many pike around my home town starting to spawn in the end of April and right into the first week of May.

Usually the majority of pike here would have finished spawning by the middle of April, which is why we are allowed to start fishing for them May 1. This year I started a week later, but it was a very slow start still. Most pike are not in feeding mood yet. After spawning it takes a while and needs some temperature before they really turn on.

During the past week I caught some smaller pike for a start, but most did just have a short look at my fly and then stoped following it immediately.

I hope we will get warmer days soon!

Today I am about to run another fly casting lesson. Luckily I am at least allowed to run fly casting lessons, while I still cannot run my hosted fly fishing trips yet. Did quite some lessons during the past 2 weeks though. Doing what I love the most feels so right! It was really tough for me not being able to teach one to one in person for a while. I did teach over the internet, too, but it's not the same!

Ok, about time to get ready!

Great fishing to all of you!

All my best


P.s.: Of course I also did chase some huge carp again.