Northern Pike

The area lakes support a healthy northern pike fishery.  There are good numbers of them in Lac Seul, the Minnitaki Chain and on Little Vermilion Lake.  You are going to find them everywhere you go here whether you target them or not.  If you fish specifically for them, you can catch a lot of fish and big fish up to and above 40 inches are possible here too.

Abram Lake

Abram Lake is a very good northern pike lake.  Anglers catch lots of them and big fish are here too.  Fish up to and above 40 inches are possible.  This lake has current, plenty of bays, points, islands and offshore structure.  With so many good spots to fish, you’ll be able to find plenty of pike on this lake.

Botsford Lake

Botsford Lake has good numbers of pike in it with some quality fish too.  It doesn’t get as much pressure as some of the other lakes in the area, so when you find the pike, they can be very aggressive.  It won’t be the best pike lake to fish in the area, but the pike are here if you want to target them.

Cedarbough Lake

You can access this lake by floating through a small creek.  It is a very deep, cold water lake that is home to lots of muskie, northern pike, whitefish and big smallmouth bass.

Lac Seul

The northern pike fishing is very good on the east end of Lac Seul.  Fish the bays and you’ll find pike from spring through fall.  Many of the better pike will be found around offshore structures such as islands and reefs from summer through fall.  Big pike up to and above 40 inches are caught here all season long.

Little Vermilion Lake

The northern pike fishing is very good on Little Vermilion Lake.  You have good numbers of them to go along with some very big fish up to and above 40 inches long.  Many anglers come here to target muskie and they will catch some very nice pike while doing so.

Maskinonge – Hooch – Cloudlet

These 3 lakes are connected to Little Vermilion Lake via a creek system.  Fishing is awesome in these lakes for muskie, northern pike and smallmouth bass.  These are good numbers lakes with some big pike, bass and mostly smaller muskie.

Minnitaki Lake

Northern pike are found throughout Minnitaki Lake.  There is so much water here to fish and you have lots of awesome spots to fish for pike.  You have lots of bays, islands, points and offshore structure to fish.  Good numbers of pike can be caught here with some big fish up to and above 40 inches.

Pelican Lake

Pelican Lake is a good-sized lake that covers more than 5,700 acres.  Water flows into Pelican Lake from Abram Lake via Frog Rapids.  The English River then exits the lake on the northwest side via Pelican Falls.  The Vermilion River flows into the lake on the west side.

Anglers catch lots of different fish here.  The fishing is good for walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass.  Lake trout, muskie, perch and whitefish are here too.

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