Tackle and Equipment Recommendations for Pike Fishing
You’re welcome to venture out onto the lake and try your own methods of catching the biggest pike, but we’d also be happy to provide you with some tackle and equipment recommendations that can increase your chances of success.
During the earliest part of the season when majority of the fish are in shallow, casting, jigging, and long line trolling tend to be the most successful ways to find the biggest and best fish. Use a 50-series bass/light musky casting outfit between 6 and a half feet to 8 and a half feet. We recommend 14 – #17 mono or a #50 braid with a #60-80 floro leader. An Abu or Shimano 300 to 400 series spinning reel on a med to med heavy 6 to 7-foot rod will work well too.
The time of the season can and will dictate the type of presentation you will use. If you’re concentrating on the warmer water periods and deeper water structures, use a half to 1-ounce Lindy or Carolina rig with 3 feet of #20-40 floro and 6-10-inch live suckers. A #27-40 stranded wire leader and a #2 hook quickset rig is also a preferred catch and release option for live bait. Trolling with deep diving crankbaits around mid-lake basin reefs and suspended baitfish schools as well as vertical jigging spoons, Ripp’n Dawgs, Bondy baits, and large Kalin’s flukes or grubs on ½ – 1 ½ oz. jigs can be deadly deeper water presentations. At Andy Myers Lodge, we’re especially fond of rubber swim baits with sinking countdown ability. Bull Dawgs, Medusas, Red October tubes, Water wolf, and Boggs paddle tails are especially effective on large, deep pike.
During the season when pike can be found in shallower waters, suspended minnow baits like Husky Jerks, spoons, spinners, and spinnerbaits are standard offerings and great options. Rubber baits, like the smaller spring and regular Bull Dawg, non-or slightly weighted Kalin’s flukes, and dead baiting with ciscos and suckers on quickset rigs are also very effective.
We have many other equipment suggestions, as well as tips and tricks that we can arm you with before you head out on the water. Just ask!