Pike angling is becoming an increasingly popular pastime in Europe. Effective methods for catching this hard-fighting fish include lure fishing, and jerk baiting. They are prized as game fish for their determined fighting. Lake fishing for pike from the shore is especially effective during spring, when the big pike move into the shallows to spawn in weedy areas, and later many remain there to feed on other spawning coarse fish species to regain their condition after spawning. For the hot summer and during inactive phases, the larger female pike tend to retire to deeper water and/or places with better cover. This gives the boat angler good fishing during the summer and winter seasons. Fly fishing for pike is another eligible way of catching these fish. In our fishing waters pike are always released back to the water after catching (catch and release), adopting special care. Pike make use of the lateral line system to follow the vortices produced by the perceived prey. Jerkbaits or Shads are a very effective method and can produce spectacular bites with pike attacking these erratic-moving lures at full speed. Most fishermen tend to use small lures, but often that is not advisable because pike have a preference for large prey. When fishing in shallow water for smaller pike, lighter and smaller lures are frequently used. The humble 'woolly bugger' fly is a favourite lure among keen fly fisherman of the southern hemisphere. Fly fishing for pike is an established aspect of the sport and there are now numerous dedicated products to use specifically to target these fish.
Perch lives in the great lakes in large schools and lives in different areas, moving according to the season.
It feeds on fish and insect fry which it finds in abundance in the murky waters of Lough Derg.
The perfect condition of the environment and the amount of food at its disposal helps the species to grow in perfect condition.
Schools of several hundred fish live in the lake, with specimens of excellent medium size that can exceed 40 cm in length.
Zander is known for its tendency to be picky with its prey, making it harder to catch than many other fish. Zander also tend to chase their prey before striking. When striking a fishing lure, it fights by pulling backwards, giving the impression that there is a big stone attached to the fishing line. Because the zander is not as good in striking as the pike, it prefers slower, even wounded fish; a lure moving too fast will not catch the zander's attention. On the other hand, anecdotal evidence suggests that zander do not attack lures that are moving too slowly either. The Netherlands host very big sanders which are actively fished with vertical angling techniques or are a by-catch when going for pikes on shads. The grown up ones are golden colored.
Brown trout (Salmo Trutta) , a species that lives in the great lakes and can be encountered at any depth.
The fish caught in spinning are of very interesting size, and are not rare specimens weighing 2 to 3 kg. This trout can reach really big sizes and almost 10kg in weight.
The trout population in Lake Derg is very well structured, both in terms of population density and size. The perfect environmental conditions, the very high quantity and variety of food available to them and the size of the environment encourage the trout to spawn and grow fast.
Fly fishing for big pike is a special thing. A challenge that you have to love. But if you prove your patience and stamina, you can experience your personal miracle! And that in Europe. So you don't have to fly to Canada or Alaska to experience a great big pike adventure with a fly rod.