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Fish Identification - Northern Pike

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Northern Pike
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Science Name: Esox Lucius
Other Names: great northern pike, jack, jackfish, pickerel, snake, gator
Ideal Temp: 60 to 70
World Record: 55 lbs. 1 ounce Germany
Environment: stream, river, lake
Techniques: live bait, casting, fly

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AcombativePYRO | Posted: August 16, 2011

Just troll with the biggest lure you got and a steel leader at 2.5 mph and I hit them every time. Big spoons work great too.

UncleBusterLure | Posted: May 4, 2011

I'm 1,000% sure I let the Mass state pike record go this morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Son of a *%&&$^#^#&*%* hahaha, using a SpinDevil in a channel

Tyler Easler | Posted: December 27, 2008

For big pike use a spoon in stream channel. Cast out and let sink close to bottem then use slow long jerks to reel in. Let each jerk sink down "close" to stream bottem then jerk and reel again. They strike mostly when spoon is fluttering downward.(works great on Belgrade Stream)

yak@yhaoo.com | Posted: May 20, 2008

I think the best way to cath a Pike is to use a LAZY IKE.

billy | Posted: May 6, 2008

In the rivers my best method is to use bobbers and worms and just cast out in weeds and let it sit.

boycrazy101 | Posted: February 7, 2008

you know fish are good. What could we do with out fish! i love fish don't you if you don't your missing out on some good stuff! :]

Reid | Posted: November 3, 2007

The best way to fish when you think there is no fish, keep trying different hooks and "playing" around with your line.

moni | Posted: August 30, 2007

if your fishing off a boat, i would find a very thick weed bed or a bunch of lilly pads, park your boat directly in the weed beds, but make sure ou stay near one end. dont go in the middle. cast out away from the weed bed with some kind of red and gold spinner then lure it to make it look like its goin to swim into the weed bed. had a lot of success with this method

drewstiver | Posted: June 27, 2007

I have found fishing for pike in southern Ontario in early july you can find some calm water 4-5 ft. deep using a long white and silver spoon or a large red rooster tail. if you hit the right spot they will bite as soon as you hit the top of the water.

ripratt | Posted: May 23, 2007

I find that using a Red Devil spoon or spinner works real good for the Northern Pike in Manitoba. They will bite on just about anything in the late spring and early summer but seem to prefer something red & white. I caught a 110 cm. / 43.3 in. 30 pounder last week using a small red devil spinner with a minow.

While you can catch a large one using a small lure or a Jackfish rig baited with a few minnows, you would have better luck if you use big bait. Afterall, they want a meal not just a snack.

evan | Posted: December 16, 2006

The best method i have used for catching pike is trolling or casting with a jointed rapalla or huskey jerk. If casting, jerk the lure hard on the way in this gives it a jittery crazy swiming action. The pike absolutely love this technique. I have caught one 14 lb pike and several 4-6 lb pike this way. email me if you have any questions.

tyler | Posted: August 10, 2006

pike looooooooove the color red i like using red rattle shads behind a small weight trolled.

joey | Posted: June 12, 2006

The best trick that i use is a silver flatfish, or a rattle trap. i use it in a channel that has weeds at the bottom and gets to 10-15 feet. Me and my friend caught 5 pike in 10 minutes using this method! Good luck

Devon | Posted: March 19, 2006

When fishing for northern pike try to use inline spinner bait the lure i use the most is Mepps #3 gold, red and white, silver and mepps algia long multi coloured

Will | Posted: August 17, 2005

Put on a size 5 Mepps Black Fury and fish it close to thick weedbeds. Reel in quickly, and if you don't get a strike, bounce the lure around slowly next to the boat or dock. I have caught many pike this way. - Will

rob manuell | Posted: July 24, 2005

I am an aussie living in Sweden and having a ball taking Pike so far up to 13lb (6.5kg). I change lures and tactics regularly in an effort to gain new experiences, preferring afternoon and evening fishing. I am keen to get a pike on fly but have not really tried yet. Any tips for me? I can handle single hand trout gear but never more than 8 weight.

kevin  | Posted: June 12, 2005

when it comes to the northern pike, a 3/8 oz gold kastmaster has done me qiute well. Also fish along the side of not only reeds, but any other objects that stick out of the water, such as stumps and logs.

Scott Stafford | Posted: May 4, 2005

There is one method i use everytime, which is trolling. I usually throw a mepps natural authentic spinner with a buckhair. This is one of the best lures i have ever endured. I took a fishing trip to Orr,Mn and i caught 29 northen that were over 26". i caught a good 39" which was a monster to land. I hope i have helped. email me if you have any questions.

pike! | Posted: September 9, 2004

The best way to catch a pike is on a big old fluffy ball best fly ever. There is a way to work this bait they key is to use it in very shallow water. When you spook a pike when you throwing your spinners grab the fly rod and drop it right on top of him 70% of the time it is a once in a life time experience.

Danryan | Posted: August 13, 2004

Look for weed beds and cast a yellow jighead with a live minnow behind it and slowely jig it back to the boat...i've gotten many fish over 7 pounds this way.

Muskie Maniac | Posted: June 18, 2003

The best lure i have ever seen for catching pike, is the DARDEVIL, a spoon that comes in all kinds of color combinations, the northern pike cannot resist the flashing colors and the silvery bottom of this spoon, which also comes in different sizes, from about 1" to a foot long. The amazing thing is, huge fish will go for tiny lures. 1 year ago, i was using a small 1 1/2" dardevil and fishing along the side of surface weeds, and out of nowhere, a monster bass hits it, it weighed 7 and a 1/2 pounds! You never know what you're gonna catch! So try the Dardevil for Pike, fish guaranteed. Good Fishing

Mike | Posted: May 29, 2003

I catch perch and then use them as bait. I cut the back fin off and throw it out off the dock. I always catch a few, no matter what month it is.

garacuda@hotmail.com | Posted: May 17, 2002

When you're using live bait, you can cut one of the pectoral fins off the baitfish. This will cause the bait to swim in circles and drive the pike crazy.

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