Northern Pike Fishing
The Latin name for pike translates to "Water Wolf" - a fitting name for a fish that stalks and ambushes its prey. Generally, northern pike are green to brown in overall color with milky-white bellies. Their flanks have white, bean-shaped spots extending from the gill cover to the base of the caudal fin. The large head of this gamefish is filled with numerous razor-sharp teeth. This native gamefish is found throughout the province and usually in abundant numbers in most northern areas of Saskatchewan.
Northern pike prefer large, slow-moving, heavily vegetated rivers or the warm, weedy bays of lakes. Pike are generally found within the top five meters of a waterbody, especially in the spring and fall. During summer, pike will seek out cooler, deeper waters. Besides different forage or gamefish, pike will also consume aquatic invertebrates such as leeches, crayfish and freshwater shrimp. Pike have also been known to consume small birds and mammals such as mice, muskrats and ducklings on occasion.
Northern Pike spawn early in April during spring ice break-up. Their eggs are broadcast over flooded grasses or submerged vegetation where they remain until they incubate.
An average Northern Pike catch at Twin Falls Lodge is between 5 to 7 lbs. The Twin Falls record for Northern Pike is 35 lbs (49.5 inches).
Suggested Tackle for Northern Pike Fishing
We suggest using 15 to 20 lb. fishing line with any reel that will hold heavy line. 6 to 7 ft. medium action rods are recommended. 12" steel leaders work best.
For tackle we suggest using the legendary Len Thompson Red & White spoon along with the Yellow 5-of-diamonds spoons. Spinner baits, top water plugs and crank baits will also work well for pike fishing on the Churchill River.
Where Can I Fish for Northern Pike?
Northern pike can be found in following Twin Falls destinations:
- Churchill River: Mountain Lake
- Portage Lakes: Sotkowy Lake, Gross Lake and Burnett Lake
- Day Fly-Out Lakes: Dead Lake, Fontaine Lake, Hickson Lake, Propp Lake, Whitefish Lake and Whitemoose Lake