The Northern Pike

All fish are predators, but northern pikes come dressed for the part: needle teeth, vacant eyes, thick slime, serpentine shape. Their primeval morphology has changed little in 60 million years. Pike belong to the northern wilderness, where they remain most common. But stocking has extended their range south. If your state has predictable ice cover, chances are you have a northern pike lake nearby.

May is definitely the best month to target pike in the northern United States and southern Canada. Recuperated from spawning, they prowl the shallows for panfish and baitfish. With little yet in the way of weed growth, the northerns don’t have all that many ambushing spots. They haven’t seen a lure in six months. In short, spring pike fishing is as good as it gets. These tips should help you catch them.

Filament

4x  Line

Bait

Minnows, Nightcrawlers and Leaches

Lures

Spinnerbaits, Spoons and Jigs

Lakes

All Lakes

Walleye Northern Pike Perch Smallmouth Bass