Re: Pike / Muskie fishing
If you can find shallow bays with dark bottoms, they should be stacked up with pike on sunny days in the early season, right after ice out. These warm quickly, attracting the fish. Usually deerhair Dahlberg-type flies are great at that time.
Just talked to a camp opeator in N. Saskatchewan (Reindeer Lake). The lake is still largely iced in, with only a few bays opening up...at least 3 weeks later than usual! So much for Global warming.