Northern Pike Fishing Lures

Introduction to Northern Pike Fishing Lures

There are many different quality northern pike fishing lures out there which can be used to chase after and land a monster northern pike. While I have my personal favorites of rapalas and other related crank baits for chase after the aggressive pike, there are many other anglers who choose to use spoons, plastic frogs, spinners, and other similar lures. Opinion doesn't make one piece of fishing tackle better than the other when it comes to chasing down pike, but it just goes to show that there are a wide variety of methods to chase after this voracious freshwater fish. Anyone who love an aggressive sports fish will enjoy going after northern pike.

Choosing the Best Pike Lures

Choosing the best pike fishing lure can be very difficult, since there are so many different types of fishing tackle that can effectively be used to nail the trophy northern pike of an angler's dreams. One thing that most really good lures for pike have in common is that they are action based. Northerns are territorial, they are aggressive, and they are ambush feeders. They want to attack their prey and strike hard...which also means they want a meal that is worth the effort. Something that gets their attention is more likely to get a strike. Think obnoxious! Blinkers, rattlers, rapalas that cut through the water - all of these are great options. Giant magnum rapalas that just slice through the water also tend to do very well.  Add the ones with blinkers and rattles and even the most subdued of pike can be sent into a territorial frenzy.

Northern Pike Fishing Pics

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Good close up of a pike's head.Nice northern pike pic of the fish in its natural habitat.Not a bad looking pike at all.That's considered a trophy pike in many area.And where's the right place for a monster pike?  Mounted right on the wall, of course!If you want to catch a monster pike, then this angler proves that northern pike ice fishing isn't out of the question.A good pike is often the result of fishing with a good pike lure.
Good close up of a pike's head.
Good close up of a pike's head.
Nice northern pike pic of the fish in its natural habitat.
Nice northern pike pic of the fish in its natural habitat.
Not a bad looking pike at all.
Not a bad looking pike at all.
That's considered a trophy pike in many area.
That's considered a trophy pike in many area.
And where's the right place for a monster pike?  Mounted right on the wall, of course!
And where's the right place for a monster pike? Mounted right on the wall, of course!
If you want to catch a monster pike, then this angler proves that northern pike ice fishing isn't out of the question.
If you want to catch a monster pike, then this angler proves that northern pike ice fishing isn't out of the question.
A good pike is often the result of fishing with a good pike lure.
A good pike is often the result of fishing with a good pike lure.

Where to Buy Cheap Pike Lures

While everyone wants to have the best northern pike fishing lures available, there are some cases where money is an issue because fishing can be a very expensive hobby. And by hobby, many anglers mean obsession :) A single rapala can easily cost $12 new, and certain magnum rapalas cost more. This can make getting a whole box of good pike fishing lures really difficult, but there are some fortunate solutions. There are many deals on wholesale or bulk crankbait and rapala lures from Amazon.com or eBay, and this includes used, but also new ones, as well. Some shops might have discount sales, and going to local garage sales or flea markets can help you find an absolute boon of good fishing lures or other equipment that might be perfect in helping you to chase down and land that trophy monster northern pike that you've been looking for.

Monster Pike Fishing Video

Good Pike Fishing Lures, Conclusion

I'll admit: crank baits like rapalas and magnums are my favorite pike fishing lures by far, because I've used them a lot for northern pike fishing in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Canada.  And I've caught a lot of good looking northern pike...and watched a lot of 30+ lb pike jump and snap the line.  While these won't always be the best lures depending on the location, other anglers can use spinners and spoons - I'm sticking with my absolute favorite northern pike fishing lures because I know what I like to see work!

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Comments on Pike Fishing Lures 4 comments

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A very interesting read and I can see the absolute expert right through the article.


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Jerry G2 6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA Author

Thanks for the kind words. I've grown up fishing for northern pike since I was a young teenager in Boy Scouts. We spent a couple weeks every summer hitting the Ontario waters, and later on some time in Minnesota and Wisconsin chasing pike, as well. I'm a rapala fan myself, but whatever works!


Johnny 6 years ago

I, never catch pike on the obvious baits to use except spinnerbaits! I usually catch them on 4 inch grubs in late summer and small sucker minnows (4 inches) and catch 5 plus pounders! I have the most luck on bass baits! I am still confused why non of the obvious works for me!

-Johnny


Pike Lures UK 5 years ago

Great hub! When thinking of lures and pike fishing don’t forget good old fashioned spinnerbaits. They may look a bit odd but they certainly catch the fish. Great in weedy water, becuase they are based around a single hook rather than a trbeble, they rattle and flash like no other pike lure. Try them!

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