There are many
places where you will find Northern Pike in
generally do not bother with small minnows, frogs and bugs. Their main food is
Walleyes, small hammer-handles, Suckers, Chub and Whitefish. The big pike will
hang out where they can ambush Walleyes. The prime ambush area is points leading
into bays. They will also hang around rocky points, shoals, islands and other
places where there are Walleyes. The best place to get a big trophy pike is at
the mouth of a stream or river, narrows between islands and water-flow between
lakes. The big pike just sit there waiting for Walleyes to swim through.
Walleyes tend to migrate around a lake all year, whether it's moving to find
cooler water, deeper water, more food or even finding their spawning grounds.
Of all the
game fish you can catch in
Jigs: If you
want to fish with jigs, use a 1/8 oz or ¼ oz jig with a white, yellow, green or
black twistertail. Add a minnow to your jig in the May-June period for best
results. Switch to a jig tipped with a piece of worm (night crawler) during July
to mid-August. White twistertails are the best and will work all year.
You can cast or troll with lures along the shore and catch Walleyes. Original
Floating Rapalas or Junior Thundersticks in the Silver, Blue or Fire-tiger
colors work best. You can also use small crank baits and shallow running
jigging straight down in thick weeds in the 5 to 10-foot range. You can also jig
off rocky points or shoals where there are drop-offs. If it's windy, then you
can just drift and jig over the hot area.
the day, the smaller 1 to 4-pound Walleyes will stay shallower. The big trophy
Walleye are usually females and will hide in deep holes during the day. You can
try fishing deeper for them with jigs but you cannot really cover a lot of
ground and fishing deep with jigs is only effective if you find a deep spot
where the Walleyes are congregating.
Sometimes the big trophy Walleyes will stay suspended out in open water and feed
on schools of baitfish in the thermal layer. Every lake is different but
generally in the north they stay between 15 and 25 feet deep in the open water.
You need a depth finder to pick up the schools to determine how deep they are
and where they are.
Try trolling deep with
Husky Jerks or other deep diving lures. You would need to estimate how much line
you need out to be at the depth you want. When you buy a lure, sometimes the
manufacturer will have a depth-to-line-ratio chart. Silver and brown seem to be
the better colors out in open water. You can also try fire-tiger or blue as they
are excellent colors most of the year.
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