What does pike fish eat?

What does pike fish eat?

Northern pike are carnivorous fish. Because they are equipped with sharp teeth and very complex skull and jaw structures, they are able to feed on smaller fish, frogs, crayfish, small mammals and birds.

What is best pike bait?


  • TROUT. Brown trout are particularly effective, being tough and quite buoyant.
  • HERRING. I like the small ‘jacks’ of about 8ins.
  • ROACH. A tough bait that on many venues makes up most of the pike’s diet.
  • MACKEREL. Mackerel have caught me a lot of pike over the years, including my personal best.

What do pike eat for bait?

Fish such as live suckers are good bait for Pike. You can use relatively large baits because Pike are not shy about engulfing things over half their own length. It’s usually a good idea to use a stinger treble in back of a big bait as Pike often grab fish in the middle.

What is the best bait for northern pike?

The 8 Best Pike Lures for Big Pike Success 2019

  • #2 Johnson’s Silver Minnows. One of the classic stand-bys.
  • #4 Rattletraps. Rattletraps are great lures, particularly when fish are not as active.
  • #5 Plastics.
  • #6 Spoons.
  • #7 Luhr Jensen Kwikfish.
  • #8 Jigs Walleye/Pike.
  • Pike Fishing Techniques.

What is the best time of day to fish for northern pike?

Early morning right before the sun rises is an excellent time to target hungry pike. You can either find them in open or shallow water hunting down their first meal of the day. Great lures to use in the morning are jointed raps as well as top water splashers like a Hula Popper.

What depth of water do pike like?

Most of these fish are caught in shallow water. Big pike, however, go deep. Many times they are in water 15 feet deep or deeper.

Do pike like cold fronts?

Cold fronts don’t affect northern pike nearly as much as other species of fish. Unless it is a drastic cold front, you can expect to catch northern pike in similar areas and on similar baits that you were using to catch them before the front.

Does chumming for pike work?

Surprisingly, the answer is a resounding yes. Dead bait works so well on one particular species that even live bait and the best artificial lures can’t compete. Pike are also a species of fish that literally chase down lures or live baits and attack them like a wolf on the prowl.

Do pike bite in cold weather?

At least on most winter days fish are slower so this makes perfect sense. But there are days that bait fish and thus also pike are more active, and lures need to be fished a bit quicker or erratic to trigger bites. These baits can be fished very slowly with a lot of spin stops or very erratically with long pauses.

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