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Northern pike fishing — should I give it a shot?

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Hello all, just popping in here to ask whether anyone with some experience (or who just is “in the know” from friends, etc.) can tell me how much fun it is to fish pike?

I like the north, and I was thinking of heading up to Ontario for some pike fishing. But I’d like to know how much I’m going to enjoy it. The scenery’s probably spectacular, but what’s the fishing itself like? Is it placid, exciting? Are you likely to get a pike fast, or is it more likely that you’ll end up with nothing but mosquito bites?

Any info will do — techniques, impressions, ideas, etc. Thanks, guys and gals!

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  1. Brandon C. on Feb 15, 2013 Reply

    Well, the first point to make is that they make a nice trophy. Big and fierce-looking (and they are pretty fierce, too). And they taste delicious, so if you’re looking for a fresh, wild fish dinner, then pike is the place to go!

    Personally, I think you’ll have fun fishing for them, too. They like shallow, weedy lakes and sloughs, which gives you an opportunity to be outdoors, of course. They’re pretty easy to catch — pike are hungry and aggressive and you can get them to strike pretty readily. They put up a good fight, too, so you should be entertained in that way, also.

    You should be aware that there are often local limits on how many you can catch, though. They range from common to nearly extinct depending on where it is in their range, and you should be responsible and do your part to leave some for the future, too.

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  2. Andrew on Feb 21, 2013 Reply

    The only time I’ve ever caught pike is by mistake – when you’re not angling for pike, then they end up on your hook. But actual pike fishing requires quite a bit of technique – and I’ve never actually tried it myself.

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