This weeks feature image shows Connor Grdosic with a chunky Nipigon River, ON Pike. Mid-summer many anglers focus on catching Great Lakes Salmon & Trout or inland Bass and Walleye. Sometimes Pike get overlooked but summer is a great time to hook into some really nice fish out in the open lake.
Whether it’s the rivers that flow into the Great Lakes, or fishing the many channels and islands off Lake Superior, Huron and Ontario, anglers just trolling often connect with some trophy Pike. Luana pictured above landed her biggest pike fishing in Georgian Bay last week.
Large Great Lakes summer Pike will cruise the deeper open water similar to large Walleye and even Musky. It’s common to use larger plugs and tie into a good size Pike in the same areas and waters. Key areas to concentrate for intercepting larger Pike is deeper channels in-between island, off points that head into deeper water or trolling around islands that are close to shallower bays. Lures that can be fished down to 15′ work well and include body baits and even larger spinners.