In the summer noon pike can be too hot to hunt. But near the dams on the river in this weather the pike can still be caught. Pike, as you know, do not like heat, so summer for many anglers who prefer to catch predators, it is not very favorable time.
In standing ponds on warm sunny days only in the morning and evening hours you can count on the activity of a predator. But, fortunately, there are exceptions.
Zones below the dams on the rivers and in the warm season, like a magnet, attract a pike. And fodder fish value the flowing and oxygen-rich water behind the dams. Pikes follow their prey, and they can be caught even in hot weather.
The dam has a lot of fish
Along with the pikes near the dams, other predators and not very predatory fish also accumulate. Therefore, fishermen can count on pike perch, chub, catfish, trout, asp and perch or bass. You can purposefully catch and pike.
But since in many rivers it is possible to catch catfish, fine tackle is inappropriate in this case. In addition, the pike that inhabit the current exert a much stronger resistance than their relatives in standing reservoirs.
Fishing for pike at the dam on wobblers and silicone baits
To catch at a dam, it is necessary to have a spinning with a test of not less than 50 grams. On larger rivers, spinning lengths of 2.7 or even 3 meters allow long-distance casting. I use shorter spinning models on smaller rivers.
I use powerful coils with the winding of a braided line with a tensile strength of about 8 kilograms, and as a leash I use a steel lead or a thick (pike-resistant) fluorocarbon.
Too thin tackle is not needed. Powerful turbulence and strong current do not allow the pike to carefully examine the proposed bait at the dam. If the pike does not attack the intended prey in the blink of an eye, it will disappear from its reach.
For catching a pike at a dam it is better to use wobblers
For successful pike fishing decisive factor is the choice of bait. It is necessary to attract the attention of a predator at any cost. My favorite baits for fishing are wobblers, but it is simple and inexpensive models that provide the greatest success. Lures should produce a strong noise.
A lively bait game and an acoustic stimulus in the form of noisy balls act at the dam much more efficiently than another “trick” that can be demonstrated by very expensive Japanese twee bait.
Slender wobblers when fishing pike on a strong current are ineffective, as well as pause in spinning wiring, and a variety of wobblers wiring.
A relatively simple wobblack in the seething water behind the dam behaves like one of the hundreds of stickers that float around.
Crank with constant and relatively fast wiring constantly creates intense vibration waves. He has a good chance to stand out from the mass of fodder fish and attract the attention of the pike. For aggressive wiring of “fatties” I choose brightly colored wobblers.
But the wobblers of natural coloring regularly bring a good catch. Most of the pike fell into the wad of the coloring of Firetiger, even on rivers with fairly clear water.
Along with the shape and play of the bait, the depth of the bait also plays a decisive role. Models that run near the surface are more likely to be unsuitable, because they mainly attract chalk and asp.
Pikes peak near the dam almost always near the bottom. Therefore, I use deep-reaching wobblers, which can be recognized by a long blade.
From time to time, she can calmly touch the bottom of the pond. When choosing the size of the wobblers, you should exercise restraint. With wobblers 6-10 cm long, I always achieved the greatest success.
Try catching on silicone baits
The same size should be vibro tails, which are used in summer fishing for pike. Silicone bait is also good for catching an inert pike. When choosing rubber baits, the bait reaction also plays a big role. Lures with a wide tail and ribs on the body are the most effective, since they produce well-defined vibration waves.
Because of the small size, I catch only with a single hook No. 3/0 or No. 4/0 and refuse an additional tee. As with catching wobblers, silicone baits are served at the bottom. They can be conducted quite actively.
The fast and characteristic jumps with which the silicone bait is carried over the bottom are especially well perceived by the pikes at the dam. All the time the jig head should hit the bottom, so on a strong current near the dam I apply a relatively heavy jig head.
Two catch points at the dam
It is noted that the two zones near the dam are the most popular habitats of the pike. On the one hand, these are clearly marked zones of the reverse current, where there are relatively deep pits on the bottom of the reservoir. These zones can be easily recognized by the circular and intermittent movement of water on the surface.
Typically, such zones are located either near the shore, or somewhat behind the dam. Another zone is often clearly undervalued by fishermen.
This is a spillway of the dam, that is, a foaming line, which is directly behind the dam. At not so close look hardly probable who can assume presence here pike.
In fact, under the water surface there is a large zone, well protected from the current, in which the pike waits for prey. Quite often, small fish that are too close to the ledge above the dam are captured by the current and washed down. These fodder fish are a welcome food for pikes waiting there.
In the presence of turbulent eddies on the surface in the dam drain, the supply of silicone bait to this place is difficult. On the contrary, it is possible to serve deep lures on the contrary. I throw the wobblers as far as possible in a fast flow and immediately begin to rewind. It takes a little time, and the bait suffices a pike, and I’m glad that I spent a summer day at the dam, and not on the beach.