Lake Saimaa was free of ice at last week of April. I was able to have long week-end for personal fishing in the beginning of May. I arrived our cottage at thursday 29 April to prepare boat and equipents for the start of open water season. At friday I started our 3 day fishing adventure with my dear old mother.
|Our biggest pike landed weighted 4.9 kg`s and was caught by my moter.|
In the friday morning we did some spinning with spoons and spinners on water area`s of less than 2 meter deep. Shallow area seemed to be empty of fish, because we did not get any contact. We had a little coffee break in our cottage and continued at 11 0`clock in deeper water area of 4 to 9 meter deep by softbait spinning. I located area in which we had big flock of small fishs and predators chasing them. Most of these active predators were pikes without caviar, but there was also perches preparing for spawning. We cought several pikes during next 4 hour period. Biggest one weighted 4.9 kg and was caught by my mother. She was very proud of her first catch of the season.
|Our biggest perch landed weighted 360 grammes.|
After midday fishing we had a short lunch break and I did continue with trolling and softbait spinning after 17.00. I located 2 very good areas for catching, but fishes laying down the bottom were passive for any lure offered. Air temperature was cold, only 4 to 7 degrees of celsius. Water temperature was 2 to 3 degrees of celsius. Wind direction was from north during all of our fishing days.
Saturday was more windy and colder than semi-sunny friday. Air temperature was varying from 0 degrees of celsius to 4 degrees of celsius. We had minus degrees of celsius at the night and in the morning we even had some snow fallingf from sky. We started our fishing day at 10 o`clock and caught all our fishes by softbait spinning between 11 - 14.00. We had bad luck with pikes. Both of fishermen dropped bigger pike than biggest caught in friday. Most of fishes caught were perches, biggest one weighted 360 gr. Perches had not spawned yet, so we decited to leave them alone and release species full of caviar.
Sunday was the worst fishing day of all. We had only few hit of perches, none of pike was caught. Weather was sunny and comfortable for fishing, but long term north wind had made fish very, very passive. In the other hand we tried fishing from 8 to 11.00 o`clock before we had to leave the cottage. Best bite seemed to start after 11.00 during our previous fishing days.
It was great to do some open water fishing after long and cold winter. Size of pikes found was good, even though we did not reach giants of 10 kg or bigger this time. Quite often it is difficult to do catching during period of 1 to 4 days after ice has melted, but we did great. Natural colors such as perch & cisco as well as yellow, orange and purple worked well. Softbaits used were 2.5 - 4 inches long and hooked with 7 to 10 grammes heads. pretty much all the fishes found were located in water of 6 to 10 meter deep. This time of the year you must have patience to locate fish and wait until relatively short biting period do start.