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Inland Drive-to & Boat-to Northern Pike Lakes

The Trophy Pike Lakes surrounding Pasha Lake Cabins are absolutely stuffed with Northern Pike of every size. In some of the lakes you will experience non-stop action all day and easily catch between 60 and 100 Northerns depending on how hard you fish. In other lakes, the numbers may be a little lower because all the young Pike get eaten by the monsters Northerns that are patrolling the shoals and shoreline. These big trophy Pike are hungry and attack everything that moves. Just tell us what you want and we will send you to the right lake.

The most common sizes of Pike in our inland lakes range from 24 to 35 inches and you will catch tons of them. Larger Trophy Northern Pike in the 15 to 25-pound range are less frequent but our guests do catch lots of them and anyone's chances of catching a trophy are very good. Each year we have around 35 to 40 guests who catch big trophies and since we have owned the lodge we have seen guests catch really thick Pike in the 46-inch range that exceeded 25 pounds.

We don't want our guests thinking that they just have Pasha Lake to fish. Pasha Lake does have great Pike fishing including lots of trophy size Pike. We want our guests to experience the adventure and thrill of fishing a different lake every day. You can think of Pasha Lake as the gateway to some of the top Pike lakes in Ontario and a starting point for multiple Trophy Pike expeditions. Below is a chart showing the most popular Pike lakes that our guests enjoy. Lakes are accessible by boat or driving. Some lakes require a short walk down some portage paths through the forest, which adds to the adventure and lets you get a taste of the Northwestern Ontario Wilderness.

You may ask how smaller inland lakes can produce such incredible numbers and size. There are multiple reasons. First, we ask our guests to release all big Northern Pike. Since most of our guests are repeat customers and want to continue enjoying the great Pike fishing, they have all been compliant with our conservations efforts. Second, very few people know how to get to these lakes, which is a closely guarded secret that only our guests are privy to. Third, the lakes that we have boats on are very hard to get into and they are locked up thus the great fishing is reserved for our guests. The fourth reason is all the lakes are in such close proximity to Lake Nipigon that many people are attracted to the big lake and overlook inland opportunities for Trophy Pike. Lastly, the lakes are very fertile and connected by streams. Walleyes, Trout and Whitefish are constantly migrating from lake to lake thus giving the Northern Pike an endless banquet, which allows them to proliferate in great numbers and grow big.

The great Northern Pike fishing starts right at ice out. Some of the biggest Northerns ever caught in the area were taken in the shallows just hours after the ice has melted. Through the spring the Pike remain shallow and are very easy to catch. In the summer months the Northerns go a little deeper and hang off rocky points and sunken reefs where they ambush Walleyes. Leading into fall some Northern Pike stay around the reefs while others come shallow and sometimes migrate into the streams to feed on spawning Whitefish or on rocky shorelines to feed on spawning Lake Trout. Ice fishing for Northern Pike is awesome all winter.

Northern Pike will hit just about any lure but generally guests find better luck using shinny Pike spoons, Rattlebaits, Jerkbaits, Spinnerbaits and even top-water baits like Spooks and Jitterbugs. A growing trend, which seems to be getting very popular, is to fish with Pike Flies. The Rabbit Strip Pike Bunny, Dahlberg Diver and the Red & White Pike Fly seem to be favorites among Pike hunters.

Please take a look at our photo galleries to see the caliber of Northern Pike you can be catching and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Lake Nipigon Northern Pike Fishing

Lake Nipigon has approximately 652 miles of shoreline weaving in and out of weedy bays and around rocky points. This figure does not account for shoreline around the many islands on the lake. There are also countless shoals, deep reefs and mouths of feeder-streams and rivers. Counting islands the shoreline exceeds 1300 miles.

Lake Nipigon is well known for having Monster Northern Pike. The lake is so big that you can find bays and points leading into bays that have not been fished by anyone that year. Because of the barbless hook law, which is unique to Lake Nipigon in Ontario, all the trophy Pike get released and survive. This is why countless Trophy Pike in the 20 to 25 pound range get caught and released each year. Not only are there an incredible amount of big trophies, there is a high population of pike of every size range. Our guests have caught Northern Pike up to 48 inches and some have claimed to have had bigger Pike on that broke the line. We have had guests that say they lost count of the Pike they hooked into. That is another advantage to barbless hooks. You can shake the little ones off at the boat without spending time unhooking them, which translates into more time working those weedlines and rocky points.

Lake Nipigon is an exciting lake to fish. You will find back bays that are non-stop action. You never know what you are going to catch. You can cast into some wild rice or lily pads and bring out a 15 incher and cast back in the same spot with the same lure and hook at 20 pounder. The population of Pike is high and they come in every size. You will also find underwater fields of cabbage weed. Walleyes and Perch like to hide in this type of vegetation and the Pike patrol the outer edge picking off fish that venture into open water. On sunny days, the big Pike will go right into the cabbage and sit on bottom waiting to ambush prey.

The big Trophy Northerns are caught more frequently in the spring between ice-out and the end of June. At this time they are concentrated at river-mouths and right along the shore because some are still guarding their spawning areas. Shallow water warms quicker in the spring and attracts baitfish. The Pike just finished a long winter and they are hungry so they position themselves into areas where they can feed ferociously.

In a warm water lake, Pike generally do not live more than 10 years because of parasites and a fast metabolism. In a large cold northern lake like Lake Nipigon, Pike can live a lot longer. Northern Pike were traditionally thought to live 25 years in cold water and now scientists think they can live more than 35 years. In 1989 the Ministry of Natural Resources was netting Lake Trout for a study on Lake Nipigon and during two weeks of the study, they netted 17 Northern Pike that were over 30 pounds. It would be highly unlikely for a 25-year-old fish to reach these sizes. Some people speculate that the 20 and 25 pounders that are being caught by anglers do not compare to the monsters that could be down deep feeding on Lake Trout and Whitefish. You never know, one of our guests may catch a new world record some day.

We do not want you to think you are going to catch Northern Pike over 25 pounds. A 25-pound Northern Pike is rare and truly a magnificent trophy fish. We do want you to be aware that it is very possible to catch a Pike between 20 and 25 pounds.

We would also like to point out that big Pike are big because they are smart. If casting a Jerkbait or Spinnerbait, you must be stealthy if you want to hook into the big ones. An electric motor or paddling towards your targeted area will increase your chances. Many of the biggest Northern Pike are caught while trolling with 150 to 200 feet of line out while dragging a Crankbait. The speed of 3.4 mph on the GPS seems to be the most productive for trophies. The reason being is the boat is a fare distance away and the fish do not get spooked. When it comes to Trophy Northern Pike fishing, stealth and patience are virtues to be appreciated.

There are no fishing camps on Lake Nipigon. Vacationing at Pasha Lake Cabins and taking day-trips to Lake Nipigon is the most advantageous plan you can make. If the weather turns bad, you can still have a productive day of fishing on the lakes surounding Pasha Lake insted of sitting in a hotel room in town waiting for the charter boat to give you the ok.

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