Under Ice Pike Locations

Under Ice Pike Locations

A prominent structural element, like a bar with a variety of habitat including points that drop off into deep water is the primary key to pike location during winter. Prominent bars gather baitfish and pike, and combination habitat holds them.

Large bays also gather traveling baitfish and pike. If there's enough deep water and enough combination habitat, pike may use the bay all winter. The biggest pike tend to use bays during early and late season, however, and prefer main-lake habitat during midwinter.



Feeder Creek A: Current attracts pike at early and late ice. Concentrate on the weed breaks at the mouth of the creek.


Bay B: Good depth leading into this bay. Big ice pike are likely to use the weededge all winter. Primarily a first- and final-ice spot, however, for during midwinter, larger pike tend to move to main-lake areas.


Bar C: Combinations! Weeds, rock, and sand on a bar that protrudes into the lake -- plus rocky points that drop into deep water. Structural combinations plus the combinations of Bay B near Bar C make this area potentially one of the most consistent pike producers in the lake.

Bar D: This bar will hold pike all season. Plenty of weededges, rock edges, rock dropoffs, plus two rocky sunken islands pike use at midwinter. You can spend the entire season fishing the options on this bar.


Bar E: Another good one, but without the total combinations of Bay B and Bar C, or Bar D. Worth fishing only if better areas are pressured by other fishermen.

Bay F: Because of its size and depth, consider this bay a separate lake. During early season, fish the inside corner near the outlet and the weedpoint. Switch to the saddle area between the weedpoint and the sunken island, and fish the sunken island during midwinter. Pressure? Try the weededge in the not-so-prominent inside turn on the north shore.

Island G: Too small and isolated to hold many pike, but worth checking during midwinter when prominent lake areas get lots of fishing pressure. The key is fishing it before anyone else catches the few (but likely large pike) holding there.

Island H: Same comments as Island G; however, Island H is a more traveled area. Pike holding near Creek A or in Bay B, for example, could move to Island H as winter progresses.

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Steve Quinn talks new softbaits for bass from Berkley. Bass

Sensational New Softbaits for Bass

Steve Quinn - April 22, 2019

Steve Quinn talks new softbaits for bass from Berkley.

Catfish is meaty, juicy and holds up well in this soul-satisfying fried fish recipe with homemade chips and tartar sauce. Fish Recipes

Catfish Dinner with Homemade Chips and Tartar Sauce Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Catfish is meaty, juicy and holds up well in this soul-satisfying fried fish recipe with...

Some of Canada's best pike waters are within driving distance. Pike & Muskie

Best Drive-To Pike Waters

Gord Pyzer

Some of Canada's best pike waters are within driving distance.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Costa and Captains for Clean Water

Costa and Captains for Clean Water

With the company's heavy involvement in initiatives like Kick the Plastic and Captains for Clean Water campaigns, Costa's Amanda Sabin tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead all about the sunglass maker's unwavering commitment to help the freshwater and saltwater environment.

Sight Fishing Carp

Sight Fishing Carp

The In-Fisherman staff slips into stealth mode sight tactics for barrel-shaped carp.

13 Fishing Inception SZ

13 Fishing Inception SZ

Florida angling pro Jessie Mizell knows that the saltwater found in Sunshine State coastal fisheries can wreak havoc on even the best fishing gear. But with 13 Fishing's new feature laden Inception SZ saltwater baitcasting reel, tackling inshore and light tackle saltwater game fish just got a whole lot easier!

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is simply a matter of putting a good bait in the right in front of them. Catfish

The Best Catfish Rigs

In-Fisherman - January 11, 2018

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is...

Now more than ever, understanding each category's strong suits is critical to choosing a powerplant that best fits your personal needs and preferences. Boats & Motors

2- Vs. 4-Cycle Outboard Motors

Dan Johnson - April 16, 2018

Now more than ever, understanding each category's strong suits is critical to choosing a...

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate explanation from the In-Fisherman biologists. Bass

Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 22, 2017

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate...

See More Stories

More Pike & Muskie

When the target is pike, well-rounded anglers always include spoons in their arsenal. Pike & Muskie

Spoons: A Lifetime of Lessons for Giant Pike Fishing

Jack Penny

When the target is pike, well-rounded anglers always include spoons in their arsenal.

There's something special about ice fishing for giant pike. Pike & Muskie

Finding Pike Consistently All Season Long

Gord Pyzer - January 23, 2019

There's something special about ice fishing for giant pike.



No one wants to travel to a big-pike nirvana and have to worry about catching fish. What if rules Pike & Muskie

Barbless Hooks for Healthier Pike

Doug Stange - April 15, 2018

No one wants to travel to a big-pike nirvana and have to worry about catching fish. What if...

See More Pike & Muskie

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×