Nakina Drive-to & Fly-in Northern Pike Fishing:

There are some Monster Northern Pike in our lakes. Every year guests catch & release Northern Pike in the 15 to 22-pound range and once in a while we hear reports of Northern Pike being caught that are 48 and 49 inches. A 49-inch Northern Pike with normal length and girth proportions would be over 25 pounds and a rare fish anywhere in Ontario. We don't want you to expect to catch a trophy Pike that big but the opportunity is there and it does happen.

BIG FISH ALERT - 44-inch Northern Pike caught May/2011 at Marshall Lake - Photo

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    Northern Pike are the top predators in the Arctic Watershed and everything is on the menu. They are not picky eaters. Guests catch many Trophy Pike while Walleye fishing with small jigs or casting tiny spoons for trout. Your chances of catching a big Northern Pike are much greater if you are targeting them. Since most of our guests come for the world-class Walleye fishing, not near as many trophy Pike are caught as there could be. It does not have to be that way.

    Ara Lake and Marshall Lake have big Northern Pike and some massive trophies have been caught on these lakes, but we tend to send our guests who want to concentrate on Walleye fishing to these lakes.

    Surprisingly, even though Pike numbers are much lower, the biggest Pike get caught on our fly-in river camps. Our river camps have Brook Trout, Chub and Suckers for the Pike to feed on. All these fish have a much higher calorie content than Walleye and enables the Northern Pike in the rivers to get huge. You will not catch high numbers of Pike like our other lakes but if your goal is to catch a 25-pound Northern, this might be your ticket.

    Dusey Lake has a ridge that goes right across the west-end of the lake where it drops from 6 to 15 feet deep. Our guests who know about this ridge catch multiple Northern Pike over 20 pounds and sometimes in the same day. It is surmised that the Pike hang out along the ridge because Walleyes and other fish move back and forth along the ridge. It's the perfect spot for ambushing their prey.

    In Teabeau Lake, the water levels are always rising and falling. The Walleyes, Suckers and Brook Trout are constantly moving up and down the river when the flat areas of the lake get shallow. Big Monster Northern Pike patrol the hole just below the first rapids, which is up stream from the cabin. They feast on everything that moves. Trout fisherpersons report bringing in Brook Trout that are shred apart like paper. Guests, while fishing for Walleye, have reached down into the water with a paddle to un-hook a jig off a log only to watch the log swim away. We hear these stories all the time. A big trophy Pike is rare or it would not be a trophy. If you like catching lots of Pike, we suggest Hanover Lake, which is a Pike lake.

    Drive-to Camps on Lower Twin Lake & Hanover Lake:

    If you want to catch high numbers of Pike as well as big Pike, then we suggest Hanover Lake. Hanover Lake is a Pike lake. Pike are the dominant species and are found everywhere in all sizes up to big trophies in the 15 to 20-pound range. The northeast half of the lake is nothing but 4 to 10-foot deep of Muskie Cabbage, which comes hundreds of yards out into the lake. There are also some sandy Wild Rice beds where the Pike spawn. In Hanover Lake, Big Pike are feeding on smaller Pike and Perch but they also have Whitefish. Whitefish is a fatty fish with a lot of calories. All winter long the big Northern Pike are feeding on Whitefish because they come into the shallow water. By early spring the Whitefish have gone deep and the big Pike get hungry again. Hanover Lake is where we send guests fanatical about Pike fishing.

    Ironically, one of the biggest Northern Pike ever caught in the Nakina area or even Ontario was caught and released off the dock at our base camp back in 1998. It was 56 inches long and weight over 40 pounds. We are sure he is still swimming around the lake somewhere. Upper Twin Lake and Lower Twin Lake have good Pike fishing and Pike can be found in all sizes and in good numbers. They are most common in the 2 to 6-pound range but 20-pound Pike do get caught and released from time-to-time. Twin Lakes also has Whitefish and where there are Whitefish there are always big Pike. It seems many of the biggest Pike in these lakes get caught in the early spring or late fall. In the spring, Walleyes are spawning in the drowning River and in the fall it's the Whitefish. The big Pike spend much of their time down deep feeding on Whitefish in the summer but are shallow and concentrate at the river mouth to feed of Walleyes or Whitefish, depending whether it's spring or fall.

    Don't forget your fly rod. Flyfishing for Northern Pike is getting very popular and some of our guests are having better luck catching trophy Pike on flies then they are on spoons and spinner baits. Please check out our Northern Pike Fishing Tips page.

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