Offshore Structure

Pike can often be found on offshore structure.  There will always be plenty of fish shallower around the vegetation, however, the offshore reefs and humps can be great spots to target northern pike.  From summer through fall, there will always be some quality pike in the deeper water on this structure.  On clear water lakes, you may find fish in 30 to 50 feet of water, while in murkier water, they may be 15 to 30 feet deep.

Underwater Humps

Underwater humps will often hold a variety of fish and northern pike will move up onto these spots as well to find an easy meal.  These are usually better spots to fish during the summer and fall, and you’re usually going to be fishing rock, however, there will be some underwater humps that have some nice vegetation on them as well.


The reefs are known as great spots for smallmouth bass and walleye, but the pike will roam these rocky structures too.  In the summer and fall, you can find pike relating to the reefs regularly.


The islands are the easiest offshore structure to fish because you can find them with your eyes.  You don’t need any additional technology to find these spots.  The downside of that is that all the other anglers can find them easily too, so they will usually get pressured more than an underwater hump offshore.  Islands are usually great spots for attracting panfish, smallmouth bass and walleye.  Pike will be there also as they are always trying to keep an easy meal close by.