As of today, I still am having trouble catching big pike. The water temperature is still in the 40's even way back in the bays.
It has been very windy causing the shallows to be turbid making it even more difficult. The pike will have a hard time getting to the vegetation they need for spawning this year -- another good reason for releasing those good sized pike.
Low water is bad for all species when it comes to spawning.
Oh, by the way, pike season is continuous on Rainy Lake.