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How To Catch Pike

Updated on July 14, 2015
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Northern Pike

How To Catch Pike-All Seasons

Pike are a fish that can be caught in great numbers in all seasons. The point of this hub is going to give a brief outlook on how to catch pike in each season.

Many of the strategies are very similar or easily combined to be able to use one for the other. You will quickly realize that pike can be one of the easiest fish to catch but because of its strength and fighting ability they can also be some of the most fun fish to catch.

You will notice that people have other names for the fish as well. You will hear them referred to as Northern Pike, Pike, Jack fish, slough sharks and I'm sure many others.

Go ahead and read on through to get a general idea on how to catch pike in any season.

How To Catch Pike-Summer
How To Catch Pike-Summer

How To Catch Pike-Summer

For the most part on how to catch pike come summertime you will find most pike somewhere around the shallow water. They will be in shallow water but usually bedded down somewhere in weeds to stay out of the bright sunlight.

Pike are predators so not only do the weeds provide cover for the needed shade but it also allows them to strike as their prey swims by.

That is why you want to work your hook and techniques along the edge of the weeds. You want to move your hook fairly quickly through these areas.

You may also find some pike in the deeper waters in the summertime but they will still be hiding out in any green they can find just because of the hunting benefit. A must have hook in the summertime are any hooks that look like minnows.

Hooks that look like minnows work in the water just like the food pike are feeding on. You may have to do some experimenting with depths but once you find them the minnow looking hubs will be a hit and will allow you to bring many pike to the boat.

How To Catch Pike-Fall Time
How To Catch Pike-Fall Time

How To Catch Pike-Fall Time

How to catch pike in the fall time is when you should be preparing yourself for the big fish. It is also a time you should be focusing on trolling.

The pike will be feeding like crazy as they are getting ready for the up coming winter months.

Pike will usually be suspended in deeper water in the fall time. The key to finding the pike is finding the bait fish. If you find the bait fish you can be assured that you have found the pike.

You are going to want to use crank baits and spoons. You are going to want to troll quite fast. One thing that is quite important is trying to match your colors as best as possible to the colors of the baits the fish are feeding on.

At the end of the day learning how to catch pike is by fishing. Just keep fishing and keep doing things until you find what works.

How To Catch Pike-Winter
How To Catch Pike-Winter

How To Catch Pike-Winter

How to catch pike in the wintertime can be a lot of fun. This great game fish is very active in the wintertime. It is better in the early winter so take advantage of it while you can.

Of course when it comes to early ice fishing you want to be aware of all ice conditions. Bad ice is a sure way to make a very bad day of fishing. Not to mention getting cold and wet is the best that can happen compared to possibly drowning so make safety your first concern.

You are not going to have to make a big investment. You will need a rod, some tip ups, some line, a few hooks, some bait and that's about it.

For the most part the pike will be back in the same place they were before the ice set in. So it really isn't good practice to just start punching holes anywhere. You want to be fishing along the edge of where the tall weeds were in the fall time.

It would be great if you new the structure of the lake before heading out. It would be great in steering you in the direction of ledges, faults and other weed edges.

If you have never been ice fishing then you need to learn how to catch pike and see what kind of fun you can have. For a small investment you can enjoy a great winter sport.

How To Catch Pike-Spring Time
How To Catch Pike-Spring Time

How To Catch Pike-Spring Time

How to catch pike in the springtime is by far the greatest way to be opening up the season.  The springtime can lead to some very big, strong and hungry fish.

You want to be looking for pike in the shallow water.  When the ice comes off the pike will be finished spawning and will be on a very brisk feeding frenzy.  They will be pretty much eating anything you put in front of them.

The pike will be taking no prisoners.  You need to be moving your hook fairly fast and be ready for some great adventure.  Some of the best and biggest pike are caught just days after the ice comes off the lakes.

How To Catch Pike-The End

At the end of the day anytime is a good time for fishing. The whole point is to have fun. Of course we will always have more fun if we are catching fish.

This article is just a few simple, quick tips that you can follow. Trial and error at anytime is the best way to find the fish and find out how they are reacting and to what.


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      Rustedwho 5 years ago from Central Pennsylvania

      I also find that french spinners catch pike fairly easily. I have an article written about it if interested. Great hub and going to browse your others fishing hubs soon!

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      Emma 6 years ago

      My dad introduced me to fishing when we got him a new rod for his birthday. I am now 'hooked' on it and really enjoy going out to different places and catching different fish. At the moment i am enjoying pike fishing, when i 1st got a pike i was shaking like a leaf but when i put in back in the water i wanted to do it again straight away. My mum and stepdad got me a complete setup for christmas and i am now heavily into fishing! :)

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      idk 7 years ago

      Dale, if I am in a small creek, what is my beat bet to catch some Pike?

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      outdoorman 7 years ago

      I follow Al Linder a lot. He is very smart in catching not just fish but BIG fish, Muskie and Pike! In-Fisherman has been around for ages because its just really people that can go to almost any lake and catch monster fish. true fisherman.

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Ah we make bug spray for the pesky bugs. Thanks for stopping by to comment.


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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Dale, my husband and I take our kids fishing for pike and walleye in Canada. We love fishing there. The mosquitoes suck!


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      Cant say 7 years ago

      I am updating my last comment. The other day, I had caught a 40 inch northern pike. He was 10 1/2 pounds, and I caught him with a fake weedless worm in the middle of thick pads. I was fishing in this 192 acre lake in southern MN. The fight lasted 2 minutes, it would have lasted longer, but it got cut by a log and it dragged a bunch of pads. He was released to fight another day. Color of worm: pumpkinseed/ brown with black spots

      Tight Lines!

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      Cant say 7 years ago

      Okay, I am young, and I have the most luck for 5 pndrs with 4 inch white tails, black head with a read eye and a spinner. I also have luck with sucker minnows. I use 20 pnd test just in case something big hits. I use an ultra light with sucker minnows. I have caught a 5 1/2 pounder off a sucker minnow and a 32 incher off a sucker minnow off the dock!

      Tight Lines!

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      TurtleDog 7 years ago

      Great advise. I'm a 40 year old newbie at fishing but have grown to love it in the past year. I've finally started to experiment with crank bait at various depths but still experimenting (or struggling!) with the right retrieve. Great advise on matching to bait fish. I'm going fishing now!

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Boat or no boat Mikey you need to continue and go catch that big one.

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      Mikeydoes 7 years ago from Fl,IL,IND

      Caught my first pike this summer, but you say they bite harder in the fall eh? Will have to give it a shot, need to get a boat out there. Thanks for the tips.

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks Will now get fishing

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      WillBrady12 7 years ago

      Great Hub! Thanks for the info, I think I'll go out and try to catch some Pike!

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      I actually know of a creek down here that's like that as well. In the spring time you don't catch anything less than 10 pounds


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      hardinflash 8 years ago from Montana

      I can remember this really small creek that had absolutely massive pike in it when I was little. I have moved since then but there's always a constant thought in my head to just take a week and go see what kinda monsters are still lurking in it.

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      No thanks needed. Just get out there and start catching some fish.



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      David Walli 8 years ago from Northern Minnesota

      thanks for your encouragement to fish. You have a lot of good points I didn't know about. Thanks.

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Fishing is something everyone should try Maira. I have only met a few that don't like it but most can't get enough of it like myself.

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      Maira818 8 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      Fishing sounds fun! maybe someday i will go fishing!

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      It really is amazing some of the things I have caught pike on including hot dogs and stones.

      Doesn't matter though once on they are a fight to remember.



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      Yard of nature 8 years ago from Michigan

      I've come to enjoy pike fishing with homemade spinners. Somehow catching a pike or bass on something put together over winter adds to the enjoyment.

      Thanks for being a fan of pike fishing!

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Helen. I to am learning and will continue to do so. My only regret is that I don't get more hubs written in less time but with my other ventures online I do need to share my time. Thanks for the comment.

      @Ms Chievous Get out there and get fishing. I went last night and caught 4 walleye and it was a great way to just relax and get ready for the up coming week

      Thanks for the comment

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      Tina 8 years ago from Wv

      I haven't been fishing all summer.. Think I'll go out and give it a try.. I'll be happy just to get a blue gill

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      Helen Cater 8 years ago from UK

      Ok I see I am going to learn a lot from you on hubbing. great article.

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      That must have been an awesome day and I guess you should never forget that day. That is a huge pike and most people will never be able to say they have caught a 3 foot pike. I know I can't say I ever caught one that big. You should be very proud.

      Thanks for commenting on my hub.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Dale, I will never forget the day I caught a 36" Pike. It was the hardest fish I ever pulled in. Harder even than a 10 lb Bass. To this day, I am very proud of this catch. I agree...Pike are a very, very fun fish to hook!

      BTW--Caught it in NW NJ. :D


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