As the season began, I found myself between a rock and a hard place. Steady winds through late December had kept my prime zones open and free of ice, while the rest of the lake was completely frozen. Warm weather around the first of the year didn't help matters and when the cold weather finally returned, so did the winds. At -8.7F on Saturday morning we could see steam still rising from two 100 yard long open holes. Thankfully it froze Saturday night and I should be able to get into the old stomping grounds soon enough.
The ice situation forced me to move around for these first few weeks, learning the ins and outs of areas I had fished before (where I knew there were Pike) but where I was a bit hesitant to invest time extensively. It finally paid off this weekend with a move that we made last Wednesday when I was snowed out at work.
The Pike went 39" / 18lbs and 41.5" / 21 lbs respectively.
The season has truly begun....