Northern Pike Tips

Nick Santamaria

Hey everyone, so this summer for vacation my family and I rented a house on a lake in Maine and my absoulute goal is to catch a northen pike, the problem is I have never caught one in my life and have no clue how, so I was wondering if anypne had any tips that could be helpful, and also recomendation as to line size and leader size and type, thanks!

Posted by Nick Santamaria Expert Member created over 6 years ago - last updated over 6 years ago
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Brian Shea

What  I tell people is to use largemouth bass tackle but upgrade a size or two. I've caught them on 1/2 oz spinnerbaits and 1 oz rattle traps but most of my pike were caught on large shiners and herring. I use 8 lb line with a 12 or 14 lb leader

Posted by Brian Shea Elite Member over 6 years ago - Report Abuse

AD37 .....

im jealous...there are HUGE pike up in Maine..Ive been doing my research on Esox Lucious aka Northern PIKE..a few guys who fish for Pike regularly that ive spoken to have recommended Large Spinnerbaits ie 1/2oz up to 1oz,  Large Spoons ieDaredevils,  large jointed Rapalas fished near weeds,..find a local bait shop and ask the locals up there as well......

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Henry V

Ad, I will also recommend large jointed Rapala minnows. I always upgrade the treble hooks. It's a pike killer!

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 6 years ago - Report Abuse

Greenes Custom Rods & Tackle You need to hit Belgrade stream in Belgrade with large spinnerbaits save the rest. White and red with a large #4 or #5 willowleaf blade. 15lb min. on the line. Weeds and pads in the rain is the best.

Posted by Greenes Custom Rods & Tackle Expert Member over 6 years ago - Report Abuse

Mark Brown

very underated pike baits---soft plastics, fished weightless and weedless... Twitch a 10" worm through the weeds and BOOM...of course, lure can only be used once.....

Posted by Mark Brown Expert Member over 6 years ago - Report Abuse

Hunter Moffitt

i would use like an 60 lb floro carbon leader becuase the steel leaders they can see and they dont like that alot and storm redeye swimbait work good and any swimbaits spinners also work good iv cought them alot jst using bass lures to like cranks and soft plastics and spinnerbaits id also use heavier line just to make sure u dont lose it. the rapala shad rap works great also one of the big ones though like 6 in.

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Hunter Moffitt

live bait like big shiners work great also

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Joe  Lefebvre

Chatterbait with a lake fork swimbait as a trailer work well in the northeast. I usually go with a darker green combo or a white and red combo. I have been killing pike all year with this combo and it works well for bass also.

Posted by Joe Lefebvre Expert Member over 6 years ago - Report Abuse

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