For great fun and a big fight, northern pike are the bread and butter, fast-action fish for many fishermen. They are located throughout the lake and usually active and willing to bite.
Spring: Will find pike in weedy, shallow bays and also where walleyes and perch are found. Shallow weeds, reeds and cabbage and points in 6’ or less Patterns – stand-up jigs with minnows, bright colors, use a 20# fluorocarbon leader or steel leader to 20# braided line. Spinnerbaits – bass style or small muskie spinnerbaits, white/chartreuse (bright days) or black/orange (dark days) are good color choices.
Summer: There are always some shallow pike, but the majority of the bigger fish will move deeper and into cabbage beds or on humps at 20’ or more. A jig with a bigger minnow, 6” sucker or plastic trailer works well. Lots of pike are caught while bass fishing on a jig & pig in a black/blue or crawfish color. Use a short steel leader and 15#-20# Fireline or Stealth braid. Nice pike will also come out of cabbage beds on jerkbaits like Suicks, Reef Hawgs or Wade’s Wobblers. Twitch baits will also work well.
Fall: Great time to catch lots of pike and good size ones too. Cabbage beds, reeds and the edges of wild rice beds are all productive. Jigs with large minnows are again effective – pitch and snap aggressively. Lots of 10-20 fish days.
Leech Lake Fishing Tip
They are located throughout the lake and usually active and willing to bite. Will find pike in weedy, shallow bays and also where walleyes and perch are found.