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This hefty northern hit a big Canoe Spoon
Bring a couple extra spools of fishing line. You’ve come all this way, right?
Pike commonly eat walleyes just like this one… his nickname is “Lucky”
Most people bring two or three rods… one for walleyes, lake trout and specks, and one ‘big boy’ for those hog-sized northern pike! Besides, rods do get broken and rods do end up in the lake. Please bring two-piece rods when possible, as they are much easier to transport in the float plane. They must be in a hard shell rod tube or case… that is, if want them to arrive in camp in the original number of pieces that you they were purchased in – two. Every summer, anglers show up at the float plane base with rods in hand, not packed in anything, let alone a hard shell case. And, yes, they get broken.
Bring a tape measure because there are some length restrictions for some of the fish you may catch on your trip.
Walleyes and jigs… two words that go together well!
Walleyes are suckers for slender crankbaits!
Medium sized crank baits that dive down to about the ten to twelve foot mark work well too, as do minnow imitators while being trolled along rocky shorelines, drop offs or reefs. Long, slender crank baits with a tight wobble seem to work well, as compared to something short and stubby that you’d use for bass.
Big pike go nuts for big plugs
For line, regular mono will work just fine, but the newer super lines have a couple of advantages. One, they don’t stretch and this gives you a solid hook set, especially, if you have a lot of line out. And, two, the smaller diameter allows you to use a much heavier pound test, such as thirty or even forty pound test without the fish seeing your line.
If you do use one of the super lines (Berkley Fireline for example) you must add a piece of solid mono to the end of it just before you tie on your wire leader. These so-called “super lines” are incredibly strong and almost never break. If you happen to get your hook stuck at the bottom of the lake and you aren’t using a piece of mono leader, you’ll probably have to cut the line with a knife. Not only is this type of line expensive, but you’ll be leaving a pile of line in the lake (garbage) that fish and birds will get tangled up in.
If you have a two foot section of mono leader at the end (even 30 pound test) it’ll break eventually, and then you can reel in the rest of your expensive super line, leaving no garbage behind.
You can’t too big for pike… this board is a 2x10…
Regardless of what type or style of line you use, you must include a fine wire or steel leader at the end. Pike have incredibly sharp teeth and even a small one will easily bite through even the most expensive of the new super lines. Use a thin diameter wire leader of at least 30 pound test and you’ll save a lot of money on lures. Besides the cost of losing them, we don’t want to see a big pike swim away with a 10 inch lure stuck in its mouth. It’ll probably die if this happens.
Northern pike just love spoons and spinners!
If you really want to catch a big northern, use big lures… very big lures. If you’re fishing in the early season, the pike will be in shallow and that’s when slow moving surface baits work very well. Hang on to your fishing rod because when a pike attacks its prey and breaks the surface it’ll pull “you and your whole tackle box” into the lake if you’re not paying attention.
Pike will hammer any big soft plastic baits you throw at ‘em!
Other lures that work well for big gators include, large flashy spoons (red and white are very popular), in-line (buck tail type) spinners, large soft plastics rigged with 1/0, 2/0 or 3/0 hooks, especially if fishing in the shallow, weedy bays.
Virtually anything that resembles a big minnow or small fish will attract northern pike. Ten inch long minnow imitators that dive down about three feet while being trolled or retrieved are hard to be beat, even in twelve to fifteen feet of water. They’ll come up like a bull shark and smash it with reckless abandon.
Fly fishing for giant pike (even the smaller ones) is an enormous thrill and great sport! Using a 9 or 10 weight rod and matching reel, with a weight forward floating line… and any “big, goofy-looking streamers and surface bugs” will keep you worn out. Again, you’ll need a small diameter, wire leader to prevent constant bite-offs. I wouldn’t call this type of fly fishing “finesse casting,” but it sure is a lot of fun. Keep your knuckles out of the way of your reel handle… and make sure you have plenty of backing under your 100 foot fly line. You’ll need it!
Lakers find white tube jigs irresistible!
A lake trout’s teeth (like that of the walleye) come down pretty much point on point, so they will not normally bite you off like a pike will. But they do tend to roll up in your line once at the surface and their gill plate will cut your line with ease. So, use a small diameter wire leader.
For the “business end” of the line, trout are suckers for bright, flashy spoons that resemble a small whitefish. They also go hard for tube jigs (white works great) on a ½ ounce jig head. Jigging in about 30 – 50 feet of water, trout will aggressively hammer these natural looking offerings. Smaller in-line spinners work well for lake trout too, especially in the early part of the season when the fish are in shallow, hanging around rocky reefs and shoals.
Brook Trout or “Specks”
The Winisk River is full of “specks” just like this one!
Streamers work well for brook trout on the Winisk River
Proven streamer patterns include, the Bunny Strip Leech, Clouser Minnow, Muddler Minnow, Woolly Bugger, Mickey Finn and the Deceiver. For dry flies, you could try the March Brown, Humpy, Adams, Black Gnat, in sizes 12 – 14. And, later in the summer when the weather warms up, terrestrials like ant and hopper patterns are hard to beat.
Bring a good pair of light, breathable chest waders. Some fishing will be done from the freighter canoes, but there will be plenty of walk and wade opportunities as well. Don’t forget your polarized sunglasses so you can see into the water. By wearing good quality, polarized glasses, you’ll catch more and fall less! If you have a wading staff, bring it, but you can always cut a stick along the river.
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