This area has some good northern pike fishing. All the main lakes have pike in them and some of the smaller lakes are known for having lots of small pike if you want some action. There are some trophy fish here too if you are looking for bigger pike.
Cedar Lake is known more for its muskie fishing, but it is also a solid northern pike fishery. Most anglers that come here for muskie will also catch some big pike since these fish will go after many of the popular muskie baits. If you want to target northern pike, there are plenty of weeds, deeper shorelines and rock structure that will hold pike from spring through fall.
Learn more on our Cedar Lake Northern Pike Fishing page.
Perrault Lake is a good pike lake. Anglers catch good numbers of them with some big fish too. There are better pike lakes in the area, but you can definitely target them here and catch plenty of them.
Anglers catch plenty of pike here by targeting the weeds in the bays as well as fishing all the rock here on the points, around the islands, along the shorelines and offshore too.
Learn more on our Perrault Lake Northern Pike Fishing page.
Wabaskang Lake is a good northern pike lake. With the stained waters, bright-colored lures tend to work better here as anglers report good catches from spring through fall. With the stained waters, you can catch pike a lot shallower here than on nearby Cedar Lake and Perrault Lake. If you come here to target pike, you can catch good numbers of them with some big fish too.
Learn more on our Wabaskang Lake Northern Pike Fishing page.
Cliff Lake has plenty of pike in the lake with big fish too. If you focus on the weeds in the bays, you will have plenty of action. Big fish up to and above 40 inches are caught here too. Because of the clear water, anglers who use fluorocarbon line or fluorocarbon leaders will usually do much better than those who decide to go with the steel leaders.
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.