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  • What baits good for Northern Pike??

    I'm big on fishing bass up north been doing it all my life but was just wondering whats worked for you guys and ladies in the means of bait for Northern Pike I heard rapalas husky jerk was good?? Any others or *tips* for catching Northern Pike?? Thanx and best of luck to you all!! ------------------------------------------Canuck's my name fishings my game!!


  • #2
    Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

    I have had my best luck with pike trolling a spinnerbait along the weed edge.

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    • #3
      Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

      I fish in Canada every spring and the most consistant producer I have found is the 3\8 ounce ratlin rapala. I don't know how it will work later on when the water heats up.

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      • #4
        Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

        try red/white daredevils, and gold johnson spoons. Pike are preditors (sp?). They'll atack or at least follow most any lure. Key on lures that get their attention - rattles, flash, etc... Experiment with what you have. I've had a lot of luck with many lures. If it gets slow. try using something that resembles a black leach 4-5" long. I forget what they call them in Canada (something like tellies?), but it's pikes main forage in the Canadian shield lakes.Good Luck,------------------Thanks,KF

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        • #5
          Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

          We've had real good luck on our last trip in Minnesota with the larger Shad Raps, in Orange Color both shallow dive and deep divers! Good Luck & Tight Lines

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          • #6
            Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

            Pike are nasty mean fish and can bite on just about anything. But, the rattling raps have done a lot of good for me, light blue/silver colors. The classic daredevil red/white spoons were always our pike standby when my dad took me out when I was a lad. I've also had really good luck with a perch colored shallow running rap over submerged weeds or near reeds. And spinner baits are always excellent for pike as well, especially in really weedy areas - white/yellow is your best bet in my experience.

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            • #7
              Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

              pike will eat anything when they are hungry! Big spinnerbaits, spoons, Ive even caught em on big tubes. fun fish to catch though!!!

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              • #8
                Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

                daredevels are big producers for me also but if you really want big action try a mepps spinner with white deertail preferably a #3 or larger.try a #5 around cover and be ready!

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                • #9
                  Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

                  hey guys and gals im from saskatchewan canada i fish alot winter and summer for big pike in june july on small lakes i cast into weed beds with a weedless hook any type usually green with orange if in a lake with few weeds i slowly drift just using a jig head usually green with a orange and yellow rubber tail for bait nothing beats bacon they cant pull it off and it stays on wen u castthey seem to bite it alot 47inch 44inch pike in one day must mean sumthin oh you would be suprised what the walleye doe with bacon and the same tackle yup canadian bacon yum yum

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                  • #10
                    Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

                    Have had good luck with the 5 & 7 1/2 inch rapalas and the Daredevils, but my favorite is the Welden Woobler - it is a silver weedless spoon with a small trailer blade on the back of the spoon and a trailer hook with yellow and red feathering. Will twist line like nothing else - use a swivel before your wire leader with swivel (so you are double swiveled) to keep your line from kinking too badly ... but they will kill it!
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                    • #11
                      Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

                      up at my lake, which is the sacandaga lake in upstate new york, i've caught 3 nice keepers on crankbait, throlling through 15 feet of water with long weeds coming up
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                      • #12
                        Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

                        may not be very good, but still a keeper. 25 inches
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                        • #13
                          Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

                          What to use for northern pike will depend on how big of one you are looking to catch. Big northern seek out deeper water that is cooler and little northern (under 30in) will tend to stay in warmer water. I like to use these lures thunder stick, super spook, Dare devil (5 of diamonds) Rattle traps, #13 Rapla (perch, fire tiger, blue and silver, Black and silver for clear water, black and gold for murky water), #14 husky jerk, deep running Shad Raps. The one thing that I have not tried yet, but have been told it works good for deep water northern (20-30 foot) is a -1 Oz led head with a 8 inch reaper tail on it. You just have to remember that almost any lure you can work with an erratic behavior will work with Northern Pike

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                          • #14
                            Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

                            My best lure for Nothern Pike has been the black & white daredevil trolled along weedbeds at erratic speeds. I tend to raise the rod tip every once in a while with a quick jerk and the let out some line so the bait will slow and fall. If they're there, they hit it on the fall every time.

                            I've had good luck with #4 and #5 Mepps spinners, dressed and undressed, in various colors. Also had a nice one casting an x-rap on my last trip.

                            Pike will hit anything, but if you want to increase your chances of good hookups, find out with the local forage is and "match the hatch"

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                            • #15
                              Re: What baits good for Northern Pike??

                              I've had great luck with the #3 Mepps Silver and hot pink double curved spoons...seem to be hard to find around here for some reason

                              You pretty much can't go wrong with a spoon that'll give you some flash. Trolling between 1.7 and 2.0 mph seems to be best for me and I run usually in the 14ft range for water depth on the local lakes. I haven't tried to fish in the deep parts of the lake....never been taught the technique.

                              One thing that does really well for me if you want to sit in a spot is a big ol circle hook in the tail of a 5-6" sucker minnow on a 3 ft line with a 3 oz weight clipped on above the leader. It'll bring the minnow down to the bottom and they'll fight like mad to get away from the situation, which will draw in the northerns if they are around. Works good under a bobber too if you are in an area that is too weedy to let it sit on the bottom.

                              As far as trolling goes, it really just seems to me that the guy running the motor needs to know what they are looking at in the surrounding terrain, what the maps say to expect, and what the finder is telling him so that you aren't getting hung up on weeds too often and are staying in your "zone"

                              It's hard to do when that guys also trying to fish.
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