This Hotspot is a great area for Muskie, with the odd Northern Pike and Bass thrown in as well. This is a classic example of a breakline on the deep edge of a big shallow weedy bay. Game-fish will traverse from Edward to Chicken Islands, all the while searching for food. Casting & trolling are both effective. If you’re looking for a giant fish, then use the biggest baits you have. If however you’re looking just to get bit, downsize to something considered big for bass, or small for Pike & Muskie.
This Hotspot is a big weedy flat close to Eagle point on Winefred Lake in Alberta. The weeds in this area grow in clumps and that’s what you need to concentrate on in order to catch the big Northern Pike that reside here. Although single hooked baits like Swimbaits, Spinnerbaits and weedless spoons are easier to work here, our Cooper guests did very well with treble hooked spoons weaved among and through the weeds. Every now and then don’t be afraid to cast into the open water adjacent to the weed clumps, cruising Pike are always present.
This month’s Hotspot is a large exposed boulder protruding through the surface on Brace Lake. This Hotspot was loaded with Walleye of all sizes during our Fish’n Canada shoot, with a bonus big aggressive Pike added in… and you know he’s not the only big beast in the area. 1/8 ounce jigs with a plastic attractor, like a curly tail or shad body, worked best for us. You need to use as light a jig-head as possible since there are lots of other snaggy-rocks hidden below the surface. If the area slows down, give it time and then come back… it will definitely replenish itself with fish.
This month’s Hotspot is a bay in the Yellowknife River. This is an early season post spawn Pike area that can get some really big fish cruising around; it’s all about timing. A soft weightless jerkbait like a Yamamoto D Shad in a bright colour will pretty much clean up here. Slow moving spoons and spinnerbaits can do wonders here as well. Take advantage of the gin clear water and use your eyes to look for any big long dark spots lying on the bottom… they’re not always logs!
This month’s Hotspot is a prespawn staging area for Northern Pike in front of Jackfish Bay on Esnagami Lake. Big fish will lie dormant in this area waiting for the exact moment that Mother Nature deems perfect for the trek into the shallows. By slowly running a #3 in-line spinner over these lethargic yet hungry beasts, an angler has a good chance of connecting with the fish of a lifetime. 40 + inch Pike are quite common in this area of the lake.
If there was ever a guarantee in fishing, a sure fire one would be that Canada is home to the best Northern Pike fishing in the world. They can be found in every province and they can grow to monstrous proportions.
For this episode Angelo headed to the province of Saskatchewan and in particular Lake Athabasca, a water body known for its giant Pike.
Right out of the gate we would like to say we are extremely happy with our re-discovery of fishing in Alberta. In the past they were always top notch in the trout category with the Bow River being one of Canada’s most spectacular fisheries. However once we found out about their Walleye and Pike fishing, wow have our eyes been opened up.