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About Northern Pike Fishing on Eagle Lake Ontario, Canada

Northern Pike Fishing

If it’s a fight you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place! The large, predatory, freshwater northern pike sit atop their ecological food chain and are right at home in Eagle Lake Ontario. Its aquatic vegetation is perfect for these voracious hunters. The lake boasts a large population of pike thanks to a 25-year old slot limit of 27.5 inches to 35 inches in length. With their reckless abandon and willingness to strike under almost any conditions, pike of all sizes - as well as trophy fish of over 20 pounds and 42 inches - are caught on the lake.

World-Class Northern Pike Fishing Trips

As the guides at Andy Myers Lodge will tell you, muskies and pike look very similar. They even utilize many of the same foraging areas and they inhabit the same types of structures at some times of the season, but they’re still very different fish. The northern pike called a “jackfish” by locals in Ontario, Canada. The pike is a greenish color with white spots, and has a row of five or more small pores under its lower jaw. It has a large mouth and razor sharp teeth – so be sure never to ‘lip’ one of these creatures!

It takes a deep, cool lake to house the biggest pike. We can show you techniques and the areas where the water never goes above 65 degrees Fahrenheit, greatly increasing your chances of bagging the trophy fish of your dreams.

Catching a huge fish is a great accomplishment during one of our pike fishing trips, but the biggest fish aren’t the only pike that are worth your time. Catching smaller, eating-sized fish and the occasional slot-pike is great practice for our youngest anglers. Pike are known for their Y-Bone, but at Andy Myers Lodge we’ll take care of that and leave you with a delicious meal. Catching a few and cooking them up for lunch means you’ll have enough energy to go after that big fish next time.

Pike Fishing Season

The northern pike spawn in early spring when water temperatures are colder. From the season opener on the third Saturday in May until around the third week of June, the water typically stays below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, which increases your chances of boating a huge pike on the Lake. For an added adventure and opportunity, the bays and creeks of our very deep, clear boat cache and portage lakes this shallow opportunity extend even further into late June.

As the temperatures rise above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, you will still be able to find small to medium-sized pike in shallow water, but the biggest fish will head into the depths. During this period, many anglers will try deep water trolling along the edges of drop-offs, points, islands, and humps. The biggest pike tend to hang out over the main basin, moving on and off the reefs where walleyes like to congregate.

Late September through October are the best times to catch the biggest fish because water temperatures drop below 50 - 60 degrees Fahrenheit. During this time, large northern pike slide up to the edges of shallower structures adjacent to the deepest basins pursuing baitfish schools and putting on the feed bag before the approaching winter and ice up making them much easier to locate and catch.

Northern Pike Fishing Pro-Tips

The pike are well known for hitting surface lures. Their long bodies and large mouths make them very efficient at catching all types of fish in shallow and weedy areas. Eagle Lake is a perfect labyrinth of bays with all manner of weeds, and the rocky points leading into the bays are where pike love to hunt walleye and other prey. The pike also like deep ridges, shoals, and drop-offs close to shallow weeds.

For targeting early season pike of all sizes, summer casting in the shallows, jigging, and trolling a bass casting outfit of 6’6”- 7’6” of medium to medium-heavy with 17# mono or 50# braid along with a 60-80# floro, or a 60# wire leader on a 50 series Abu or 300 Shimano reel will do nicely. If you prefer a 7’ medium action spinning set up with a 30# braid, 20# fireline, or 14 # mono will do the job. These will handle the smaller to medium sized baits. During the fall, for bigger baits, trolling, and live baiting, the same gear as used for musky fishing is recommended. Besides a 15-20” pike, a 40” musky could possibly be caught as well.

For bait specifically targeting spring and summer pike, cast with # 4-5 Mepps spinners, Musky Mayhem Show Girls or Baby Girls, ½- ¾ oz. spinnerbaits or buzz baits, Baby Shallow Raiders, 6-8” Slammers, 7-9” Suicks, Johnson Silver Minnow with pork or plastic trailers. These will all catch shallow, cover-orientated fish.

For the deeper summer fish, use ½- 1 oz. Lindy or Carolina rigs with 3’ of 20-40# floro or a 27-40# stranded wire leader and a small #2 hook quickset rig. A #1 octopus or circle hook (with a 5-7” live sucker or big dace minnow) or a ¼-3/4 oz. jig with a #1-2 hook and the same leader and bait selection can also be used. For artificial jigging options, use a ½-3/4 oz swimmer head jig with a plastic 5-7” fluke, Reaper, or a rubber bass jig and large craw. Rubber swim baits with sinking countdown ability like a reg Dawg, Medusa, tubes, Water wolf, or Boggs paddle tails can be deadly on large, deep pike. For trolling presentations, 5” spoon plugs, Ernies, Stretch Manns 20-30+ will get down to where you need them to be.

In the fall, the same baits that are effective for musky fishing will work for big pike. They particularly like reg and mag Dawgs, 9-10” Suicks, Depth Raiders, and spinnerbaits. While pike will eat anything that resembles natural foliage, they particularly like hot colors such as fire tiger, white, chart/org combos, etc. In water temperatures below 50°F, a 12-14” live sucker on a quickset rig presented along the edge of the 1st-2nd break line behind and below the boat is nearly impossible for a big pike to resist.

Northern pike are often attracted to highly visible colors, like white and orange, and also tend to like vibration or sound, such as loud topwaters like buzz baits. Daredevils, lipless cranks and spinnerbaits – the bigger the better – are also popular when hunting pike. It’s also a good idea when trolling to use moving baits to cover water. Muskie baits are also often popular with pike anglers. Our guides will gladly advise you about the latest trends in pike fly-fishing, now considered by some as one of the most effective ways to catch pike.

Pike will give you a real fight, so using the right rod, reel and line is really important. We recommend using a strong, braided line and a medium to heavy power rod to overcome these monsters. A fluorocarbon leader is also a must to combat the pike’s ferocious bite.

Book Your Trip to Andy Myers Lodge Today!

We don’t just turn you loose on the lake at Andy Myers Lodge. We live and breathe northern pike fishing, which means we’re able to pass our expertise on to you.

We invite you to browse our Canadian fishing packages, then contact us to learn more about our availability, dates, and pricing.

Multi-Species Week

Featuring Ron Barefield & John Stone.

Details :

40 years experience as one of the top tournament pros and instructors in the mid-west. Multi-Species expert and of the top educators in the country. Outdoor writer, TV personality, and seminar speaker.

Plan Rates :

To learn more about the availability, dates, and pricing for these weeks, please contact us.

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Package Upgrade

PLEASE NOTE: PACKAGES 1 - 5 can be upgraded with an 18 ft. Lund Boat, New Yamaha 50HP 4 Stroke motor, locator, live well, padded swivel seats, casting deck with Bow mount trolling motor and storage compartments.

Details :

  • Single Pro-Staff Guide dates available upon request at current rate.
  • Any number of days may be pro-rated to fit your schedule and a package tailor made for you.
  • Also, kids under 5 come for free, kids under 10 get 50% off, and kids under 16 get 30% off.
  • All prices are quoted in USD.
  • Special rates available for larger groups!
  • Bring your own boat and enjoy free boat dockage, staff services, electric hookup, remote lake boat use all at no charge.

Plan Rates :

  • $325.00 USD
    Per week, per boat
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DAILY FLY-INS to one of over 28 Remote Lakes

Details :

Experience a mid-week fly-in for a change of pace and adventure. Get picked up after an early breakfast by experienced pilots and fly in a Beaver or Otter 30 to 70 miles to your own lake for the day. Lakes will have boats, motors, gas. You will be briefed and outfitted with detailed maps, and all equipment needed. You will be back in the comfort of your cabin and the lodge for supper. Walleyes, pike, bass, trout, muskies, just let us know what you want to fish for and we’ll get you there!

Plan Rates :

  • $285.00 – $325.00 USD
    per person
    (dependent on distance and # of guests flying)
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Check-In and Deposits

Saturday Check-In: 3 PM or Later 4-5 day packages: Check-In Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

Details :

  • All prices in USD.
  • Taxes are extra, 1/2 refundable.
  • No refunds for early departures.
  • Gas and bait allocated in packages are deducted from all usage including guide dates.
  • Guests are responsible for damage to boats, motors, and equipment – optional insurance policy available.
  • $200.00 USD deposit per person, per reservation.
  • $50.00 USD deposit for Guide Dates and Fly-Ins.
  • $600.00 USD deposit per person for Hunts, $1000 USD by August 1st with the balance due upon arrival.
  • Deposits are non-refundable and may be used at a later date of the same season or transferred to new party booking of the same season. Deposit may be transferred to following year if we can rebook your previous booking.

We reserve the right to add surcharges due to dramatic increases in supply prices or exchange rates.

Plan Rates :

MasterCard, VISA, Traveler’s Checks, Cash or
Certified Checks for final payment accepted.
(Personal Checks accepted upon prior arrangement)

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