Giant Pike Waters
May 06, 2014
Over the centuries, big pike have fueled anglers' dreams, from the legendary monsters prowling Scottish lochs or inhabiting the moats of ancient monarchs in Merry Olde England, or growing huge in the brackish waters of the Caspian Sea. In North America, all eyes turn northward, for while many waters in the northern U.S. and southern Canada produce good numbers of pike over 20 pounds, and occasionally much larger, your chances for a trophy are far greater way far north, where the remoteness of lakes and restrictive harvest rules have kept pike mortality to a minimum. Huge ancient fish inhabit these cool waters, which yet are highly productive during the super-short summer season, much like the subarctic prairies.
Many of Canada's best lakes have had lodges for many years, but wise owners have generally kept fishing excellent with strict conservation rules, keeping giants in the system to ensure a good population balance. Here are some top picks for the biggest pike. There are many other outstanding waters, but In-Fisherman staff and friends have visited these giant pike locations in recent years.