Hello Italo, I am from the Minnesota around the metro area and I love to fish. I’ve caught some pretty good fish this year but I really want to catch more northern. I have caught a small one this year but want to catch bigger ones. What are some lures, tips, techniques, and tackle I should be using? Also, what are some good places pike would be around the lakes? Thank you!

Posted on June 12th, 2018

Hi Luis, as you probably know Pike are pretty aggressive fish that either cruise shorelines during low light to feed, or after the sun is up they will lay beside obstructions like sunken wood, rocks and especially weeds to wait and “ambush” prey. If you locate pike, they are pretty easy to catch on most lures, so location is key. Most anglers now days will cast spinnerbaits, swimbaits, spoons and minnow imitating hard-lures. One of my favorite techniques to catch them all season long is to “twitch” a Rapala Husky Jerk #12 (12 cm long).

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For some reason I do best using the gold/black back/orange belly).

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If I can’t get the pike to follow and grab the Husky Jerk I fish a paddle-tail grub like the Lunker City Shaker (3.75″ length my go-to).

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And the Swimfish  (3.75″ length), on a 1/4 or 3/8 oz. jighead in and around weedbeds and weedlines. Something important to remember, if pike are not waiting to ambush prey in the middle of the day they may be just “resting” in shallow water and often will not strike a horizontal moving lure. That’s the best time to catch them using a vertical presentation like “jigging”….God bless you.

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