In the Upper Peninsula, that means looking for northern pike in any of the estimated 4,300 inland lakes fed by the icy waters of Lake Superior. Smaller lakes provide an excellent northern pike habitat because of the abundance of smaller fish, and shallow weed beds.
Pike season starts in mid May and runs until mid March in the Upper Peninsula. The daily limit on pike is 2 daily and greater than 24 inches in length.
Between Sault St. Marie, Michigan and Sault St. Marie, Ontario, runs ta 75-mile-long St. Marys River, flowing southeast and emptying into Lake Huron. The Saint Marys River boasts an ample supply of perch, crappie, smelt, lake herring and crayfish. The river banks supply ample food close to the banks and is big enough for large northern pike to attain full growth. Eller, Fowler, Munusoong and Raber Bays sport decent boat launchs and support a good population of hefty close in northern pike.
“Pike in the St. Marys are really aggressive,” said Matt McConnell of Sault St. Marie, Ontario. “The water gets a little murky in some spots, so I like to slow-troll using yellow or bright green spinners.”
South of Sault Ste. Marie numerous pike-fishing lakes exist with great populations. Fed by the Soo Locks, Lake Nicolet is home to record pike and muskie. A second pike laden-ed habitat is Mud Lake. The lake feeds into a shallow, island-strewn bay northwest of Drummond Island called Potagannissing Bay. Within this bay are 50 islands, many grand areas for northern pike.
The aggressive nature of pike and the fact that they’re not the brightest fish in the lake make them a cinch to catch if you target heavy vegetation and lily pad areas, with live bait or red and white dare devil type lures.Crank baits and spinner baits with a tail work well here along with rubber worms and spoons affixed to grub tails.
Pike strike best in daylight hours. During the spring and early summer months, they’ll populate shallow waters.