Seine Chain Northern Pike Techniques
Of all the species on the Seine Chain, the pike respond the best, and most consistently to artificial lures and plugs.
In early parts of the year, using lures and plugs in bays can reap some really nice northern. Casting seems the most common technique, followed by trolling.
Some of the best pike lures are the classic ones….red & white daredevils, "5 of Diamonds" daredevils, Mepps - Aglia #5 always works good, Johnson Silver Minnow, Rapalas of all shapes, sizes & colors.
We prefer larger spoons (at least 1oz) and plugs but many use smaller with good luck.
Make sure you use a good, steel leader and 15 lb + test line if you are fishing specifically for pike.
Later in the year, many of our big pike - in fact most of our big pike (i.e. 30" - 45" +) come from guys jigging for walleye at 25' and BAM! Surprise!
Some people try & get large chub or sucker minnows and use them to catch big pike. The premise seems good - big fish eat big bait.
The flaw with this is that there are so many little "hammerhandles" - 1 - 2 lb pike - and they will tear into anything just like their bigger cousins. Basically at about a buck a minnow, it's frustrating to see these smaller pike rip apart this expensive bait.
One of our favorite pike fishing techniques is topwater trolling. On those still evenings when you can see the fish breaking the surface, it's an ideal time to throw on a good topwater plug (like the Heddon Dying Flutter) and troll around the shoreline. Sometimes you don't get the numbers, but my biggest pike have all come from topwater trolling (in the right conditions).
Even though pike usually respond well to artificial bait, minnows can often kick start them during the hotter summer months. Keep your mind & options open during July & August!