The northern pike and musky are two different species in the Esox family, they are very dedicated sport fishing species and can be caught with a wide range of freshwater fishing lures and baits. This fishery is done all over the nordic part of the world and is a popular fishery because one don`t have to be a “pro” to achieve great results.
Pike fishing is a very versatile fishery and can be done all year. From ice fishing to late autumn when they are in their best conditions. After the spawning and during summer/autumn they have increased their weight considerably by eating as much as they can in their best growth period and are incredibly strong and wild in late September and during October.
As mentioned above one can catch these fish with many kinds of pike lures. Most used pike fishing lures and musky lures (musky, a near relative) are jerk baits, crankbaits, spoons, spinners, soft baits, jigs and flies.
If you want to try pike fishing, I would recommend using a medium stiff spinning rod with top action and a strong spinning reel. Always use a wire trace or else you lose the biggest pike instantly including your lure.
Purchase some large jerk baits, soft baits and red/ white crank baits for starters. Find a well known lake or stream for pike fishing and start casting towards/along weed lines. Sooner or later you will land a pike.
Hopefully you will be fascinated and wants to develop your skills. For serious enthusiasts there are an abundance of fishing tackle and fishing methods to choose from to be a skilled pike angler.
Fishing from a boat is one of them and trolling for pike is one of the best methods to catch large pike. Cannon downriggers are needed combined with hummingbird fish finders as I personally use. Picking the best freshwater fishing lures can be a complicated process, but read our guides and reviews here to make it a bit easier.
The largest pike ever caught on a fishing rod was landed in Germany 1986, weighed 54,6 lbs(24,8kg), see picture.
Check out our large selection of fishing lures, each category contains only muskie lures and pike lures.
Fishing lures in their simplest form are called fish hooks. A fish hook is more or less a curved object that is attached to a line in order to catch fish. It is made of a relatively hard material, and is pointed at one end to stick in the fish mouth.
The tips usually have a “agnor” (toggle), a smaller tip pointing into the hook bend. This will prevent the hook is losing its grip. At the other end of the hook is usually an “eye” or any other device for attaching fishing line.
Humans have at times made fish hooks of the materials they had provided and found those of three, bone, shell, stone and various metals. Fish hooks have long had the same basic shape: a long cast with an eye or a disc in the end, to attach the line, and then a bend to the tip.
To get the fish to bite the hook provided with natural or artificial bait. Typical natural baits are earthworms, maggots, shrimps, mussels, large or small pieces of bait fish, etc.
The fishing is also “bait balls” made of special compound feed, corn, cheese and much more. Typical artificial bait is “rubber worm”, drain, woblers, spinners and fly-fishing, all in different sizes, colors and shapes, by now we can call these fish hooks for fishing lures as they now are bigger and much more advanced. In some cases, especially when the fish are willing to bite, it may be sufficient to equip the hook with a piece of colored woolen.
Today’s fishing lures are very specialized and they are designed and developed to catch certain species in their most advanced form. But the common factor for all of them are their function to imitate the food of which the predator fish usually eat, not only their appearance but also their movements. The best working fishing lures move and swim like an injured or dying little fish, almost irresistible to a hungry predator.
Fishing lures are constantly being developed and one can find lures in almost any shapes and appearances more or less effective in use. Many are also making their own lures and only the fantasy sets limits for how they look. Some lure makers are more of artists than craftsmen and some of the fishing lures are so perfectly made that it is almost impossible to see the difference to a real fish.