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Ice out pike fishing

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Knot there yet:
Is it wrong to pike fish
1)at fist ice out?
2)while spawning ?
I donít jack largemouth or smallmouth off beds  doesnít seam sporting.
Some states donít let you pike fish during spawning. Whatís the rules here in MA ?
And other states?

lowaccord66:
Once the ice is gone they are done spawning in most places. So if you think your targeting them in open water during the spawn, you really are not.  I know some spots they are in the spawing spots and are already close.  Should you target spawning fish?  I personaly avoid it because pre and post spawn fishing can be where its at. What other people do is up to them.

Steve H.:
I've done best a couple weeks after ice out, not immediately.  I think the water needs to come up a few degrees to get their metabolism going a bit to feed more aggressively (big shiners, suckers, and artificials) after the spawn.  After a bunch of seasons, I honed my spot down to Mother's Day weekend.   

lowaccord66:
Water temp can go down post spawn and they will still eat.  Theu dont hit anything during the spawn.

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