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Canada Pike Fishing

Updated on June 29, 2010

Canada draws hoards of fishermen and women each year who come seeking the country’s many species of fish, from the beautiful walleye to the fresh salmon and everything in between. For those wishing to wrestle with one of Canada’s strongest predators, however, pike fishing reigns supreme. Pike strike aggressively at bait and lure, and run with strength that requires great perseverance on the fisherman’s part to get it in the boat. A Canada pike fishing vacation is the perfect adventure for outdoors lovers of all ages. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your pike fishing experience.

1. Choose a Location

The first step in planning your Canada pike fishing trip is to choose the location where you want to fish. While pike can be found throughout the country, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon offer the best Northern Pike fishing in the world. Pike can be found in lakes and rivers in these provinces, and many outfitters cater specifically to the needs of pike fishermen and women. Because many lodges along the Northern Pike habitat have strict catch-and-release policies, the pike in these areas grow to be huge—as large as 50 pounds in recent years.

2. Choose Your Lodging

You have several options for lodging for your Canada pike fishing trip. Flyin fishing trips are popular with those who seek seclusion for their fishing adventure. Flyin fishing trips consist of an outfitter flying you in via plane to a remote lake inaccessible by road and leaving you there to fish on your own. Canada fishing cabins can be found practically everywhere throughout the country and offer a range of amenities which may include gas grills to cook your fish as well as boat rentals for use in your trip. These may be one-family units or a communal cabin with rows of beds and a shower house. Finally, full-scale fishing lodges offer luxury accommodations for those wanting a true haven after a long day of fishing.

3. Prepare for the Fish 

Pike fishing is unlike fishing for any other species. Pike are often much larger fish than salmon or walleye and, like most fish, require very specific bait and tackle. You should consult your outfitter for suggestions if you have never fished for pike before. Small to medium-sized pike may be found in the back of bays in thick weeds, where they feed on small minnows, bugs, and frogs. If you’re seeking big pike, fish in areas leading into bays, where pike will be waiting to eat walleyes, suckers, and whitefish entering the bay.

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