Spring Fishing for Northern Pike

Just after the northern pike have spawned, they come out of the bays and they are hungry!!

The last week at Five Lakes Lodge in Red Lake has been phenomenal! At least that's what the fishermen out on the Gullrock Chain of Lakes have been saying, and judging by these photos, they aren't exaggerating.

The northern pike fishing started a bit slow after they got an unexpected dump of snow and some cooler weather. A few days later though, the weather warmed back up and the pike fishing took off!

Nice northern pike caught & released at Five Lakes Lodge!

One group had a personal best with 10 northern pikes over 40 inches caught and released. 

One of the reasons that the fishing is so great for pike in the Spring is that the northern pike head into the shallow bays to spawn. Once they are done spawning, they venture out of those bays and are ready to eat! 

They're nicknamed gators for a reason!!

Five Lakes Lodge is located on the Gullrock Chain of Lakes just south of Red Lake. The lodge is located near a river so the water opens up a bit quicker there than the rest of the lake. The lake chain includes Gullrock, Red, Keg, Ranger, and Two Island lakes, plus there's the Chukuni River.

Five Lakes Lodge practices catch and release on all trophies. Any northern pike over 27.5" or walleye over 18" goes back in the lake. Releasing the big ones means that the Gullrock Chain's fishery is now a haven for huge fish!

When the pike are done spawning and are still shallow, anglers often target pike with a slow retrieve with crank baits or bobber fishing with frozen ciscos or live sucker minnows. As they go deeper, fishermen will start casting for pike. 

The water is around 53 degrees and the fish are about to move out deeper soon. As of this Saturday (opening of the walleye season), anglers will also be after the walleyes which have just spawned.

The walleye bite is on next!

To find out more about Five Lakes Lodge:

About Erin Rody

I grew up on Black Sturgeon Lake in Northwestern Ontario. I am a staff writer for the Sunset Country Travel Association. Through my articles I hope to entice you to visit the wonderful region I call home. We are all about outdoor adventure; with 70,000 lakes and rivers and a whole lot of forests how can we not be? Whether you like to fish, hunt, canoe, kayak, boat or go camping, Sunset Country has something for you. Enjoy!

Recommended Articles

Rent an Ice Hut in Sunset Country

Make the most of winter in Northwestern Ontario with a unique ice fishing experience

New Restrictions on What You Can Bring into Canada

Keep up to dates with the changes.

3 Bannock Recipes

These recipes are sure to impress on your next camping trip.

Big Deer Await You

Preparing for Your Fall Deer Hunt in Ontario

Catch, Photo and Release

The best way to maintain a healthy fishery

Am I Seeing Double?

Reflection photos that will blow you away!

The Promised Land for Muskie Anglers

How to Catch the "Other" Fish

Alternative Fish Species in Sunset Country

A How-to on Hunting in Sunset Country

Tips from Guide Jeff Gustafson

Plan your trip

Book the the trip you never got to take this summer

A Bird's Eye View of Sunset Country

Parasailing experience like no other

What's it Really Like to Live in A Four-Season Community?

You'd be surprised at how we survive!

Creating Fishing Traditions

3 of the best places to see the northern lights

Where will you be when you see the sky dance?

Looking for a last minute summer vacation?

Explore Ontario's Sunset Country this summer!

Winter Magic

Unique experiences in Sunset Country

Late Season Ice Fishing

One of the best times to ice fish in Ontario!

Smallmouth Bass On A Fly

Tips from the pros

Landscape Photography at its Finest

Learn how to capture our sunsets and more!

Catching 7 Species of Fish on One Lake

In one day!