Soft plastics work very well for northern pike, however, you may go through many soft plastics when fishing for pike because of their teeth and aggressiveness. The soft plastics that are soft and not very durable will easily tear when fishing for pike. Make sure to use soft plastics that are more durable and you will go through less baits.
Pike will eat a variety of soft plastic baits, but we’re going to cover some of the best soft plastics when targeting pike.
Action Swimming Baits (4 to 5″)
Grubs, small curly tail worms and smaller swimbaits are perfect for catching lots of northern pike. Swim these baits alone or pair them with a scrounger, underspin, bass jig, spinnerbait or bladed swim jig and you’ll catch lots of northern pike.
Minnows, tubes and paddle tail worms are great baits for imitating bait fish while fishing with a jigging action.
Swimming Baits (5 to 7″)
Any bait that has a nice swimming motion will usually work well for pike. Swim your soft plastics with a slow and steady retrieve around weeds and you should catch some pike. A swimbait or swimming worm in the 5 to 7 inch range is a good place to start when targeting pike. Some anglers will go super big when targeting gigantic pike, but if you’re looking to get more quality bites, stay in the 5 to 7 inch range and you’ll get action and quality on good pike waters.