Trophy Northern Pike Fishing in Manitoba.

Catch Trophy Northern Pike

Our Northern pike fishery offers size and quantity,

with over a thousand Master Anglers a year caught and released, and trophies up to 53″. Average size is 5-12 lbs. and numbers can easily exceed over 100 a day per boat. The North Seal offers a great mix of pike habitat, with rivers, clear bays and big cabbage beds where these fish wait in ambush for unlucky baitfish. The waters are clear with a slight tannic stain, offering excellent sight fishing. The Manitoba record for Master Anglers in one day was caught on the North Seal.

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All of our Lodges and Outposts offer all 4 Trophy Species.

Because the North Seal river system connects all of the lake together, we benefit in having all species moving throughout the system. All of our camps have 4 species plus others like whitefish and burbot. We can guide you in catching these trophy fish on any of our lakes.

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Time of Year & Water Temps

Our season opens beginning of June and closes in September. Trophy Northern Pike movement patterns change during the coarse of the year and happen fairly rapidly. At the beginning of June, after the ice on the lakes breaks up, the big and small fish (Pike and Lake Trout) are ravenous and are sunning in the cold shallow water. Mid to late June, weeds start growing in the shallow areas, the water begins to warm and pike move to the shallow weeds. Early July, the bigger pike start moving to slightly deeper weeds (approx 4′-8′ depth) and drop-offs around rocky areas, shallow weeds, island drop-offs and points, channels in rivers and in lakes, sheltered bays with drops or darker water. End of July to beginning of August the water warms and the bigger fish sit in deep weeds at the bottom (approx. 4′-14′) and some become less aggressive. Smaller fish can still be found in the shallow areas. Watch for special circumstances i.e. shallow weeds with small fish in them and a drop next to it. The bigger fish may be in that 5′ dark area waiting. Mouths of rivers produce all throughout the season. End of August to beginning of September the fish are coming back to the shallows to feed in the warmer water before winter. The lake is also turning over bringing the lake trout up to shallow water.

June Pike Patterns

Ice-out, water temps, and weather dictate the behavior in June. Ice-out is generally late May to early June. Fishing is generally very shallow for all species. This is the time many pike fishermen dream of, with pike warming themselves in 8-12” of water early on and moving to 2-4’ of water later in the month. Many a pike addict has turned into quivering jelly at the sight of so many big fish so shallow and in clear water. There are no significant weeds at this time so the pike will hide in the boulders if not in the shallow sandy bays. Depending on the time of ice-out, they will start to move slightly deeper late in the month. Later in June, the males get more active and can be caught on almost anything. Big females are recovering from the spawn but can be caught with slow moving lures or flies.

July Pike Patterns

A time of transition with the pike favoring two distinct habitats and both productive. Weed beds will be coming up and obvious by the 3rd week. Our large cabbage patches become a concentrated ambush point for big pike. Pike will move between the weed beds and the shallow bays beginning the second week. They are also taking different positions in the lake were they find food most. They like mouths of rivers and island points as well as areas between islands that force fish to pass through them like a funnel. Also a strong producer are drop-offs. This time of year fish are moving between weeds, reefs and rivers. Pike hide at these drop-offs waiting for easy prey. The more dramatic the drop the more likely there’s a fish there.

August Pike Patterns

Pike still ranging from bays to weed beds, which by now are in full bloom. 4’-8’ of water by casting. A large Johnson Silver Minnow (with a tail) or a #5 Mepps will bring an aerial assault from the depths of the cabbage. Surface plugs are a blast! Don’t overlook the area just outside the weeds and cabbage though. The bigger fish are sometimes just outside waiting. Large Trophy Pike can also be found in 10′-12′ water sitting at the bottom of weeds waiting for something slow to come by.

September Pike Patterns

Water is cooling rapidly and the scenery is gorgeous.  Pike will move between the bays and rock points, generally leaving the weed beds as the beds die. They are now growing fat for the winter and some real monsters are caught at this time.

June Pike Patterns

Ice-out, water temps, and weather dictate the behavior in June. Ice-out is generally late May to early June. Fishing is generally very shallow for all species. This is the time many pike fishermen dream of, with pike warming themselves in 8-12” of water early on and moving to 2-4’ of water later in the month. Many a pike addict has turned into quivering jelly at the sight of so many big fish so shallow and in clear water. There are no significant weeds at this time so the pike will hide in the boulders if not in the shallow sandy bays. Depending on the time of ice-out, they will start to move slightly deeper late in the month. Later in June, the males get more active and can be caught on almost anything. Big females are recovering from the spawn but can be caught with slow moving lures or flies.

July Pike Patterns

A time of transition with the pike favoring two distinct habitats and both productive. Weed beds will be coming up and obvious by the 3rd week. Our large cabbage patches become a concentrated ambush point for big pike. Pike will move between the weed beds and the shallow bays beginning the second week. They are also taking different positions in the lake were they find food most. They like mouths of rivers and island points as well as areas between islands that force fish to pass through them like a funnel. Also a strong producer are drop-offs. This time of year fish are moving between weeds, reefs and rivers. Pike hide at these drop-offs waiting for easy prey. The more dramatic the drop the more likely there’s a fish there.

August Pike Patterns

Pike still ranging from bays to weed beds, which by now are in full bloom. 4’-8’ of water by casting. A large Johnson Silver Minnow (with a tail) or a #5 Mepps will bring an aerial assault from the depths of the cabbage. Surface plugs are a blast! Don’t overlook the area just outside the weeds and cabbage though. The bigger fish are sometimes just outside waiting. Large Trophy Pike can also be found in 10′-12′ water sitting at the bottom of weeds waiting for something slow to come by.

September Pike Patterns

Water is cooling rapidly and the scenery is gorgeous.  Pike will move between the bays and rock points, generally leaving the weed beds as the beds die. They are now growing fat for the winter and some real monsters are caught at this time.