Northern Pike is among the most sought fish in Canadian waters due to their impressive size and great appetite. Wire leaders are extremely important for pike due to their very sharp teeth which are cable of breaking even the strongest test lines. Pike are usually located near the entrances of bays in shallow areas. They are commonly found around the mouth of rivers and streams as well as looking for small fish to enter these locations. Pike spawn near the shallows in weedy areas which gives an opportunity for fly fishing. Fly fishing is non-traditional for pike fishermen but can provide excellent pike action in the springtime.
The best lures are spoons, minnow baits, and crankbaits. They should be non-deep diving minnows and crankbaits due to the swimming habits of Pike. Pike love to be near the top of the water when searching for prey. It is common to spot them just a few feet below the water's surface when they are ready to strike at any second. For live baits, minnows are perfect for them, but be sure to check with local fishing zones and waterways to see if live baits are allowed.
In the summer months fish in deeper waters if you have access to a boat. Although many pike remain in bays, some go out to cooler waters. Action remains decent through the summer, fishing along the bottom. When the pike strike you will feel a huge tug. When attempting to land the fish a net may be required for larger fish. Pike are strong and aggressive which can make the fight last for some time be patient when landing them.
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