Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to target Northern Pike. When water temps start to drop and shallow aquatic vegetation starts to die off, Pike holding during the summer in weed-filled bays migrate out to the edges of weedlines and rocky shorelines. This is one of the best time to cast crankbaits or to troll for them using body-baits in open water.
Gabor Horvat waits for water temperatures to drop on southern Ontario reservoirs before he targets fall Pike. He has his best success casting minnow-imitating crankbaits that have a longer body off rocky shorelines. Not all his catches are monsters!
I love cranking big fall Pike fishing weedbeds and weedlines that stick out from the shallows and meet 20’+ water. My best results come from wide-wobbling crankbaits in bright colors.
They include the Rapala Tail Dancer and the Dives To series. I fish this cranking them slowly to get a lazy wobble which Pike can’t refuse. Some of the best southern Ontario locations to target fall pike are:
-Lake Couchinging & Lake Simcoe
-eastern Lake Ontario basin and the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.
-Lake Huron bays especially in Georgian Bay