Fly-In Northern Pike Fishing at it's Best
This predatory nature is what makes Northern Pike such an outstanding game fish. They are aggressive and they sure act like they don't like being caught. Thrashing from side to side and making long runs when the boat comes into sight, don't make the mistake of letting up on the tension before your trophy fish is landed.
Northern Pike Fishing Tackle Tips
These tips are meant as a guideline only. Most of you will have your favorite equipment and lures that you know work well. We have an excellent assortment of tackle at the lodge so if there's something that you are needing once you get up here, or have forgotten, don't worry. We probably have it!
- 6’ to 7’medium to heavy action spinning or baitcasting with appropriate reels
- We highly recommend braided line, 30 to 65 pound test. Leaders should be 12” long, 30 to 80 pound test, and can be steel, titanium or fluorocarbon (flouro leaders should be 80 - 100 pound test)
- Spoons – ½ oz to 2 oz, in a variety of colours
- Weedless spoons - Johnson’s Silver Minnow, Rapala Spoon
- Spinnerbaits – Mepps, Blue Fox, Butchertails, and safety pin style.
- Swimbaits, Jerkbaits, crankbaits, and topwater baits are all effective. Typically baits in the ½ oz to 2 oz range work well.
- Soft plastics – Sluggo’s, Flukes, plastic worms, etc
- 9 or 10 wt rods with WF floating lines. Sink tips can be advantageous under certain conditions.
- Large streamers in a variety of patterns and colours, poppers and other topwater patterns can be a lot of fun at times.
Fly Fishing for Pike
“As an outdoors writer for the past quarter century, I've had the opportunity to fish a great deal of water with a great number of people, from the far north to Mexico. I can truly state that never have I spent time with better, more experienced anglers than the folks at Cree River Lodge. I felt comfortable from the moment our boat touched the dock at Cree River until; sadly it was time to depart. The fishing, food and hospitality were top notch and I am eagerly awaiting round two with those big pike and walleye.”
“I have fished a lifetime to catch the quality of fish I battled with at Cree River Lodge. The pike fishing is so insane I had to make time to fish for walleye and arctic grayling—I love first world problems like these.”
“I have been in outdoor media industry for 11 years, and in that time I've been able to travel to some amazing places to fish. But I can say that of all the incredible locations I've visited, none has stuck with me more than Cree River Lodge. I have an insatiable passion for pike on the fly, and I truly don't believe any experience will ever top the fishing at Cree River. It was as close to paradise for a guy in love with toothy fish on the fly as you can get. If I could visit every year, I would.”
“Cree River Lodge is a truly outstanding destination for giant pike! In the vast river system there, you can catch huge ‘gators in weedy backwaters, rocky river sections, and in wide-open lakes—loads of pike over 40 inches, with some pushing 50! If you get worn out by these monsters, take a break with a hot walleye bite, with most fish over 17 inches and some close to 30 inches. Finally, big grayling are waiting for the right spinner or fly pattern in the fastest river sections. The guides and accommodations are awesome, too”