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Northern pike primarily eat fish, but their diet often consists of many other food sources. Frogs, birds, crustaceans and most anything that moves in, or on the water. Bright colors, flash, vibration and commotion gets their attention. If they think it is edible, they will attack it. Pike have exceptionally sharp teeth, so for all lures, use a wire leader.

Northern PikeLures. Use bright colors and create lots of commotion. Check out a list of the top, proven northern pike lures. Wire leaders are a must as these pike have very sharp teeth.

Topwater Lures


BUZZBAITS

Buzzbaits for northern pike fishing
Buzzbait For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
surface

Recommended line test:
14-17 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use buzzbaits when pike are shallow in weedy areas or open water. Sample shown is a Booyah Buzz Buzz Bait available at Sportsman's Warehouse.


TOPWATER

Topwater baits for northern pike fishing
Topwater For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
surface

Recommended line test:
14-17 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use topwater when pike are shallow in weedy areas or open water. Sample shown is a River2Sea Rattling Whopper Plopper available at Cabela's.


Spinners


INLINE SPINNERS

Inline spinners for northern pike fishing
Inline Spinner For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
2' to 10'

Recommended line test:
10-15 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use inline spinners when pike are shallow or just outside weedlines. Sample shown is a Mepps Aglia Dressed Spinner available at Bass Pro Shops.


Spoons


SPOONS

Spoons for northern pike fishing
Spoons For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
2' to 60'

Recommended line test:
10-15 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use spoons in all depths and fishing conditions. Sample shown is a Eppinger Original Dardevle Spoon available at Cabela's.


Crankbaits


LIPLESS CRANKBAITS

Lipless crankbait for northern pike fishing
Lipless Crankbait For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
2' to 10'

Recommended line test:
10-15 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use lipless crankbaits for fishing shallow to mid depths. Sample shown is a Googan Squad Klutch available at Karl's Bait & Tackle.


SQUAREBILL CRANKBAITS

Squarebill crankbait for northern pike fishing
Squarebill Crankbait For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
1' to 5'

Recommended line test:
14-17 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use squarebill crankbaits for fishing shallow around wood and brush. Sample shown is a Strike King KVD Square Bill Silent Crankbait available at Bass Pro Shops.


MEDUIM DEPTH CRANKBAITS

Medium-depth crankbaits for northern pike fishing
Medium Depth Crankbait For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
5' to 10' or more

Recommended line test:
14-17 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use medium-depth crankbaits for fishing open water around rocky or muddy bottoms. Sample shown is a Rapala Shad Rap® available at Sportsman's Warehouse.


DEEP DIVING CRANKBAITS

Deep-diving crankbait for northern pike fishing
Deep Diving Crankbait For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
5' to 20' or more

Recommended line test:
14-17 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use deep diving crankbaits for fishing deeper ledges, creek channels and structure. Sample shown is a Rapala DT Series Crankbait® available at Bass Pro Shops.


Jerkbaits


JERKBAITS

Jerkbaits for northern pike fishing
Jerkbait For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
2' to 8'

Recommended line test:
10-15 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use jerkbaits for fishing open water in shallow to mid depths. Sample shown is a Rapala Husky Jerk Minnow available at Cabela's.


Spinnerbaits


SPINNERBAITS

Spinnerbaits for northern pike fishing
Spinnerbait For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
2' to 8'

Recommended line test:
10-15 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use spinnerbaits for fishing shallow areas with weeds, brush or wood cover. Sample shown is a Terminator Super Stainless Colorado Okie Spinnerbaits available at Tackle Warehouse.


Swimbaits


SOFT SWIMBAITS

Swimbaits for northern pike fishing
Swimbait For Northern Pike

Effective depth:
2' to 10'

Recommended line test:
10-15 pound.

Ideal conditions:
Use swimbaits for fishing open water in shallow to mid depths. Sample shown is a Big Bite Suicide Shad Swimbait available at Sheel's.


Use steel leaders with all lures as northern pike have extremely sharp teeth.

 

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