Northern Pike fishing is good in the Morson area on Lake of the Woods. Anglers do target them in this area and you can catch good numbers of these fish with some very big fish up to and above 40 inches long. In the Morson area, you will find plenty of islands, points, bays and reefs that will hold pike throughout the season. The bays and areas with weeds will hold good fish during the spring and early summer, but the better fishing is usually much deeper during the summer and fall.
Catch Lots of Pike
The Morson area has plenty of good pike water to fish. If you are willing to move around and find the spots with vegetation, you’ll put up bigger numbers. Don’t rule out the rocks either though because there are so many good rocky points and shorelines around islands that also hold lots of pike. If you target them exclusively, you can catch a good amount of pike here from spring through fall.
Catch Big Northern Pike
Lake of the Woods is home to some huge pike and you will find a lot of quality pike on this part of the lake too. You have plenty of bays to fish early in the year and lots of offshore structure with deep water nearby for the summer and fall. Fish up to and above 40 inches are caught here all fishing season.
Sabaskong Bay is a large bay that really fishes more like a large lake. In this bay, you have everything you could want for targeting a variety of fish and northern pike can be found just about everywhere. You have lots of bays with vegetation, points, islands, rocky shorelines, open water reefs and you can get out of the wind and find somewhere to fish on windy days.
Fishing the Bays
If you’re willing to move around a bit, you can find plenty of pike in the area bays. Most of the smaller bays will be better in the spring and early summer, then again in the early fall, when water temperatures drop back into the low 60s. The larger bays can be productive all season long as long as you can find some deeper water. The deeper weed edges will be more productive in the summer and fall.
Fishing the Drop-offs
The steep drop-offs around islands, off of points and along the reefs will usually hold some very nice pike. The deeper water usually is much more productive in the summer and fall. Find drop-offs near some weed edges or around rocky shorelines, islands and points and you’ll find pike. The reefs can also be great spots in the summer and fall.
Fishing the Points
There are so many points to fish. Many of them have rocks on them. Some of them have some weeds too. The rocks and weeds will both hold plenty of pike around the points, so don’t just fish the points with weeds when seeking out northern pike. The points that have access to some deeper water nearby will usually give you a better chance at finding bigger numbers of pike or better quality fish.
Fishing the Islands
Just a short boat ride from town, there are more islands than you can possibly fish on your trip and most of them will hold fish. Whether you are trying to get out of the wind or fish the wind blown shorelines off the islands, you can island hop all day and catch a lot of pike. In the summer and fall, fish the islands that have nice drop-offs near the shorelines.
Fishing the Reefs
The reefs get overlooked for pike by many anglers, but you can usually find some quality pike hanging out around the reefs from summer through fall. Most anglers will catch pike while targeting walleye with a simple jig and minnow. Try trolling them to cover water more quickly to find some of the better reefs for pike.
Fishing the Rocks
Plan on fishing plenty of rocks while fishing Lake of the Woods. From the points to islands to reefs, you’re going to spend some time fishing rocks on your trip here. Northern pike will be found throughout the lake around rocks and weeds, so plan on fishing plenty of rocks while targeting pike.
Fishing the Weeds
If you are willing to move around quite a bit while on a trip here, you can find plenty of bays and islands with some weed growth. Pike will be around the weeds from spring through fall. The deeper weed edges are going to be more productive in the summer and fall, especially for quality pike.
Best Baits for Northern Pike
Northern pike are known for eating just about everything they can get the mouths on and there is definitely some truth to that. For the most part, if it swims, pike may eat it. There are some baits that definitely will catch more pike than others though. Spinners, crankbaits, spoons, swimbaits and soft plastics are some of the best lures for targeting pike. Live baits such as minnows and perch are great baits too.
There are many different rigs you can use for northern pike, however, since pike are so aggressive, you really don’t need to use as many of them as you would if you were trying to get good at largemouth bass fishing. For most situations, you can keep it real simple with a jighead and a minnow or soft plastic bait. To learn about some of the rigs that you can use, take a look at our best rigs for northern pike page.
To learn more, take a look at our best techniques for northern pike page.
Our northern pike fishing section has tons of tips on the best lures, live baits, where to catch them and how to catch them.