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Northern Pike Fishing on Rainy Lake
Northern Pike fishing on Rainy Lake at Campfire Island
With all the pike concentrated in these shallow bays, it isn’t hard to locate them. This is the ultimate time of year for fly-fishermen to successfully target big northern pike.
As the water warms up in early June, northern pike will move towards the cooler deeper water. At this time, it is safe for smallmouth bass to move from the entrance of the bays and open water points to their shallow water spawning areas. The pike move to the weedline entrances to the bays and the shallow points entering the main basins, about 7-12 feet deep. By mid- June, the pike start to feed very aggressively and seem to want more of a ‘fish-imitating’ bait, so baits that do not run too deep and look like a large minnow will be successful.
Campfire Island Camp opens in early May just as the ice is leaving the main lake basins of Rainy Lake. Northern pike have finished spawning, and in the post-spawn, they are still cruising through the warm shallow bays looking for an easy meal before they move to the open water.
Using large streamers, Bunny tails and Clowser minnows, the action can be great, and it is usually not too windy for casting the fly. For the bait casting and spinning rod fishermen, Mepps spinners, spinner baits, and shallow jerk baits in bright colors seem to work very well. This is also a great time to try top-water baits like Zara-Spooks and large poppers but they need to be worked fairly fast and aggressively.
Campfire Island on Rainy Lake welcomes you to try your hand at landing some of these giants! Call us today or email us anytime!
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© 2017 CampfireIsland Camp - Located On Beautiful Rainy Lake All images are the private property of Campfire Island. Com
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Northern Pike Fishing - Rainy Lake
Northern Pike fishing on Rainy Lake at Campfire Island
Campfire Island Camp opens in early May just as the ice is leaving the main lake basins of Rainy Lake. Northern pike have finished spawning, and in the post-spawn, they are still cruising through the warm shallow bays looking for an easy meal before they move to the open water. With all the pike concentrated in these shallow bays, it isn’t hard to locate them. This is the ultimate time of year for fly- fishermen to successfully target big northern pike.
Using large streamers, Bunny tails and Clowser minnows, the action can be great, and it is usually not too windy for casting the fly. For the bait casting and spinning rod fishermen, Mepps spinners, spinner baits, and shallow jerk baits in bright colors seem to work very well. This is also a great time to try top-water baits like Zara-Spooks and large poppers but they need to be worked fairly fast and aggressively.
As the water warms up in early June, northern pike will move towards the cooler deeper water. At this time, it is safe for smallmouth bass to move from the entrance of the bays and open water points to their shallow water spawning areas. The pike move to the weedline entrances to the bays and the shallow points entering the main basins, about 7-12 feet deep. By mid-June, the pike start to feed very aggressively and seem to want more of a ‘fish-imitating’ bait, so baits that do not run too deep and look like a large minnow will be successful.
Campfire Island on Rainy Lake welcomes you to try your hand at landing some of these giants! Call us today or email us anytime!
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