Pike Fishing in Ontario
If you’re looking to go pike fishing, Ontario is the place to be. This beautiful province has the most diverse fishing on the continent, as well as some of the biggest recorded fish.
The heaviest pike caught on record hailed from Germany and weighed an astounding 68lbs!
Pike can be found in both freshwater and brackish water in the northern hemisphere. Due to its length and angular head, this fish gets its name from the Middle English word for pointed, pike. Its genus name, Esox, comes from the Greek word for ‘big fish’.
The pike we see in Canada are usually an olive green colour, with some yellow and white on their bellies. They can also be distinguished by the large sensory pores on their heads and on the bottom of their jaws.
About Pike Fish
Pikes are a pretty aggressive species of fish, which is something you’ll want to keep in mind when you’re pike fishing. Pike aggression is most evident when it comes to food. In times when food is scarce, pike will even resort to cannibalism. It is because of this aggression that you’re going to want to use a leader with most lures. The incredibly sharp teeth and power of these carnivorous fish can cut through monofilament lines up to 30 pounds. For tackle, we recommend 6-8′ medium to heavy spinning combos with 10-17lb monofilament and 6-7/12′ bait casting combos with 12-20lb monofilament.
One of the most distinct behavioural traits of pikes is their ability to go from sedentary to super fast in a flash. This is very useful for hunting prey. Another interesting trait is that pikes have long feeding periods and short digestion times. These predators are not at all particular about what they eat, so you can throw just about any kind of lure out at them. Spoons, crankbaits and giant mepps are our top picks.
Pike Fishing Tips
Like most predators, you’ll find pike hanging around their prey. We recommend fishing for pike in large and fairly shallow spawning bays with mucky black bottoms. These areas warm up quickly and attract bait fish.
During the summer, once weeds have begun to re-establish in deeper water, the bait fish will move there. Predictably, the pike will follow.
In the autumn, you are going to have to move out even further to get a pike. Slow-trolled spoons and large deep-lipped diving crankbaits are ideal for pike fishing in the cooler months.
Where ever you go pike fishing, have fun, and be sure you read up on the region’s license requirements and regulations.
Pike Fishing at Loughborough Lake
Loughborough Lake teems with feisty pike fishing opportunities awaiting your bait and to provide you with the excitement you’re looking for in Ontario. The population of Northern Pike in our area makes Loughborough Lake one of Ontario’s best pike fishing locations. Whether you’re with the family looking for an exciting challenge, or a seasoned pro looking for the next trophy of one of Ontario’s most popular game fishes, the fishing here is exceptional; With over twenty miles of beautiful fresh water, Loughborough Lake is full of great fishing holes for any fishing excursion.
From the serious angler to the casual fisherman, Loughborough Inn provides its guest with an unsurpassed lodging experience that you won’t find anywhere else. The spectacular Loughborough Inn grounds provide you with everything you need for a complete fishing adventure including boat rental options from Loughborough Marina, independent fishing guides, free boat launch, dockage and electricity if you bring your own boat and gasoline sales to all boaters on Loughbrough Lake.
If you’re searching for that next fishing adventure, look no further then Loughborough Inn.
Pike fishing on Ontario’s Loughborough Lake is rewarding for everyone, so join us today and experience everything this area has to offer and more. Contact us to plan your next northern pike fishing trip, or read some of the fishing tips we’ve posted to our blog to ensure it’s a success!