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Early season pike tactics?

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Hi all,

I'm a complete novice about early season pike tactics. I usually catch northerns from June on by casting cranks or spinner baits. But with the early season and cooler than normal water, what tactics work well now (other than soaking a sucker)?

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Had luch this past weekend with cranks and spinners. There there for sure. Watch for smaller fish on the sonar and you will find pike in the pike lakes.

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Also, listen to Deitz's podcast here Early Pike . I haven't been able too yet cause I can't do them at work and haven't been online at home much. But he has good info on those things.

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I find that a lot of the same baits and/or lures I use in the summer work in the spring as well. I just fish them shallower around the weeds and rushes in the spring. I'm a sucker-soakin' guy all year round, can't go wrong. It's all a matter of depth.

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caught a few dandy's last night throwing 4-5 inch swimbaits in 3-6 feet of water on the windblown points and shorelines

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