Swimbaits work very well for northern pike fishing. With all of the swimbaits on the market, there are so many great swimbaits that will get the job done when fishing for pike. You can troll them, cast them, fish them in shallow water or deep water. In the spring, the smaller swimbaits will usually catch more fish, while the larger swimbaits tend to work best from summer through fall. One of the biggest problems with using swimbaits for northern pike is that it is very easy for the pike to rip up the soft plastic because of their super sharp teeth.