Dog Lake has lots of Northern Pike and big Northern Pike. Fishing for Northern Pike in Dog Lake is easy even if you are a beginner. There are countless shallow bays along with river mouths where there are large populations of Pike. There are big patches of Wild Rice coming out of sand bars and surrounded by weeds right next to a drop off. Out in the open lake there are islands and sunken reefs where Pike like to ambush small Lake Trout coming shallow to feed. These are all the top hotspots for Northern Pike.
Northern Pike are extremely common in the 2 to 5-pound range. How many Pike you catch in a day comes down to how skilled you are at taking the hook out of their mouths.
If you have the right equipment and used barbless hooks, you could catch plenty of pike in a day. That might be fun for the first day or so but most of our guests that come for Pike don't bother with the smaller Pike that you find in the back of bays. They are going after the 20-pounders. In Dog Lake the big Northern Pike are primarily feeding on Walleyes and Perch close to shore and Whitefish and Lake Trout down deep off the sunken reefs. Every week one of our guests catches-&-releases a Northern Pike in the 40-inch range, which is 15 to 20 pounds depending on how thick they are. We support catch-&-release so our guests can continue to catch more and bigger Pike every year. The largest Northern Pike caught at our camp so far was 48 inches.
Our guests catch Northern Pike in the 6 to 13-pound range frequently. Guests who are focusing on Walleye and Smallmouth fishing will catch a few during the week in this size range. Guests who specifically hunt for Pike should spend more time casting Pike lures off of rocky points leading into shallow weedy bays, along Wild Rice beds or at the mouth of the rivers or streams that run into the lake. When you come into a patch of Muskie Cabbage, a weedless spoon like a Johnson Silver Minnow works great. The Walleyes will be hiding in the cabbage and the big trophy Pike are in there feeding on them.
A 20-pound Northern Pike is not a common fish. If they were they would not be considered a trophy. There are lots of big Pike in Dog Lake that reach over 20-pounds. Guests do catch them while fishing for other species but realistically you have a much better chance at a 20-pounder if you specifically fish for them. What many of our guests do is fish for Walleye or Lake Trout in the morning and then spend the heat of the day hunting down Pike because that is when they are most active. Sometimes guests see large Northerns floating on the surface floating like logs. Many people speculate that the Pike are sunning themselves to speed up digestion and that's how the big Pike got the nickname Gators.
In the spring the big Pike will be right along the shore and in the back of bays mixed in with the smaller Pike because that's their spawning area. They will also be in the river current. Using DareDevils, Johnson Silver Minnows, Jerk Baits and Spinner Baits works best. By summer the big Pike move to points leading into bays where the water is a little deeper. They still hit the traditional Pike lures but will also hit large jigs and deeper running Walleye lures. Later in the summer and early fall many of the big Pike will go deeper and sit on the edge of reefs in 15 to 25 feet of water. You can fish straight down with a big sucker or chub minnow or use larger jigs or jig spinner baits off the bottom. You can also troll deep along these reefs with Down-Deep Husky Jerks and deep running Rattle Baits. Some of the biggest Walleyes get caught this way as well.
Dog Lake has great Northern Pike fishing and if Pike fishing is important to you, you will not be disappointed.