Northern Pike Fishing Tips:
Northern Pike hit everything and anything. They are the easiest fish to catch. Here are a couple of tips to maximize the amount of strikes and some ideas for really big trophy Pike.
Time of Year: In many Northern Ontario lakes Northern Pike will be shallow in the spring and summer and then start to go deep in mid-August. This is not an issue in Wabigoon Lake. Pike seem to stay shallow all year. In late summer and fall on Wabigoon Lake, the big trophy Pike will be really shallow in the 1 to 3-foot depth.
Lures: Traditionally the best lures and probably the most popular lures are the Red-&-White Daredevil and the Yellow 5-of-Diamonds Daredevil. You use the red in clear water and the yellow in murky water. Spinnerbaits, Crankbaits, Bucktails and Williams Weedless Spoons also work well. When using a Daredevil, try casting up high and just before the lure hits the water, jerk it towards you so the lure slaps the surface. This slap sound seems to trigger a better feeding response from bigger Pike.
Pike are also well known for hitting surface lures. Jitterbugs and Spooks are excellent for Pike. A growing trend in Pike fishing, which is getting very popular, is fly-fishing for Pike. With large Pike flies, you can trop the fly in an opening in the middle of thick weeds, which would not be practical for normal lures.
Where are the Pike: Pike can be found everywhere. You will find them in the thick weeds or off shoals and even in the streams that run into the lake. Big Trophy Pike generally stay in areas where they can ambush Walleyes, Bass and small Pike. Below is a list of prime spots for big trophy Northern Pike:
· Points leading into weedy bays
· Along Wild Rice beds where there are lots of Walleyes
· Stream or river mouth
· In the thick cabbage weed or other big leaf weeds
· Under lily Pads
· Narrows between lakes or open water where Walleyes migrate
· Drop offs close to thick shallow weeds
· Shoals or rocky points where the bass and Walleye hang out is a good spot. If the Walleyes or bass stop feeding, it may mean a big Pike has started to feed. This is when you switch to something big and flashy.