If you are an avid fisherman then you probably have had dreams of catching a monster sized
Northern Pike, like those in Saskatchwan. These fish can grow to over 47 inches. However, the
average sized are over 36 inches, the next size that is common to catch is in the 45 inch range.
If you plan to eat your catch then the ones that weigh around three to four pounds are the best.
So catching Northern Pike in Saskatchwan is a satisfying experience.
Since the Northern Pike is a fierce predator, this fish makes use of any opportunity that comes
its way. Depending the time of year, this wily fish can be found in the shallows or in the deeper
waters. The bigger the Northern Pike the differently it behaves. So you as the hunter of this
predator have to adapt the strategy to fit the size and the fight of the pike you are going for.
Catching of Northern Pike in Saskatchwan takes a good size tackle box and a good fish finder.
Take for an example the topwater lure. This is a good lure for the summer early mornings. Other
times to catch the monster is in the afternoons and when the weather is overcast. The best places
to find them is in the woody shorelines, rocky lake rock pile and weedy shorelines. If the
conditions are a bit calm, the lure that is recommended is bright colored and the loudest buzz
bait. The recommended colors are white, orange, and vibrant chartreuse. The hooks of choice are a
trailertail with a five-inch worm, pork chunk, a twister tail, Berry Reynolds Pike fly or a
McMurderer. Another tip is to keep the tip of the rod up while reeling in and reel into the fish
instead of dropping the tip and setting the hook.
A big mistake that fishermen make is going for these huge fish is to go during a calm day when the
water is like a sheet of glass. The best time is when the water is slightly choppy. Another good
indicator of good northern pike fishing if the lake has a good sized population of whitefish and
suckers. These fish are what sustain larger populations of pike, especially in the size you are
If you are going for the number of Northern Pike then you may get lucky and hook a trophy sized
one. Then of course, you increase the odds a little by trolling off rocky places in the lake, or
up by the river mouth. This will increase the odds a bit especially if you use the bigger Muskie
style lures. The recommended rod to use is 8 to 10 weight fly rod. Plus a reel with a great drag
mechanism. The leads should be a "wire or hard nylon tippet."
These tips should help in catching northern pike in Saskatchwan. Good
luck and happy fishing!