• northern pike
    Illustrations by Joseph R. Tomelleri ©

    Northern Pike are toothy predators most commonly associated with the weedy shallows of both the Great Lakes and inland waters. In rivers, they are often found around log jams or fallen timber.

    During the open-water season, many anglers use artificial baits such as spoons, minnow-baits and spinners. In winter, anglers primarily use two methods when trying to catch pike: some use tip-ups with natural baits such as suckers while others enjoy the challenge of waiting in a dark shanty and attempting to lure a pike within range of their spear.