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Fishing for Pike on Michigan’s Great Lakes

Northern Pike are toothy predators most commonly associated with the weedy shallows of both the Great Lakes and inland waters. In rivers, they are often found around log jams or fallen timber.

Pike spawn in early spring and are usually found in shallow water when the season opens — the last Saturday of April in the Lower Peninsula, May 15 in the Upper Peninsula, though the Great Lakes and connecting waters of the Lower Peninsula are open year-round. As summer progresses, they are found in deeper water, often on the outside edges of deep weed beds. Pike can be taken on live bait (primarily large minnows) and all manner of artificial lures, either by trolling or casting. Large diving or top water plugs, spoons — the red and white Daredevil is a classic — and spinners all produce. Because of the pike’s sharp teeth, many anglers recommend the use of wire leaders.

Pike are popular choice of ice fishermen. Though they are primarily pursued with tip ups, baited with live minnows or suckers, they can be taken with rod and reel, either jigging or fishing with bait. Pike are a prime target of spear fishermen as well, who often use decoys or suspend suckers below their shanties to lure pike within range in relatively shallow water. No matter what your fishing preferences are Lure Lipstick has the product for you. If you haven’t tried us out yet what are you waiting for? Check out our products and order yours now!

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